Lido Theater

311 Washington Street,
Orange, NJ 07050

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The Washington Theater was operating prior to 1925. By 1941, it had been renamed Lido Theater. A small neighborhood house that did most of its business with “kiddie” matinees. Remarkable only that the auditorium floor was relatively flat, and you had to crane your neck to lookat the screen. Closed in 1952 or 1953, and converted for manufacturing purposes. It was torn down in the late-1960’s.

Contributed by jim thatcher

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teecee
teecee on March 20, 2005 at 11:58 am

Listed in the 1951 FDY as The Lido at 311 Washington Street.

teecee
teecee on June 20, 2005 at 5:22 am

From a New York Times October 1938 article concerning the War of the Worlds radio broadcast:

In Orange, N. J., an unidentified man rushed into the lobby of the Lido Theatre, a neighborhood motion picture house, with the intention of “warning” the audience that a meteor had fallen on Raymond Boulevard, Newark, and was spreading poisonous gases. Skeptical, Al Hochberg, manager of the theatre, prevented the man from entering the auditorium of the theatre and then called the police. He was informed that the radio broadcast was responsible for the man’s alarm.

teecee
teecee on July 5, 2005 at 8:42 am

A Robert-Morton organ was installed in the Washington Theatre in 1925.

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