Blaker Theatre

Atlantic Avenue & E. Cedar Avenue,
Wildwood, NJ 08260

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BLAKER Theatre; Wildwood, New Jersey.

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Built around 1900, the theatre was initially a vaudville house and was located on a pier owned by Gilbet Blaker. William C. Hunt leased the theatre and then purchased it in 1925. The theatre operated for many years before combining with the Shore Theatre to become the Shore 4.

Both theatres have been demolished.

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teecee
teecee on August 7, 2005 at 10:33 am

The main history link doesn’t explain that Hunt was forcibly evicted by Blaker after a dispute over the rent. Must have felt great for Mr. Hunt to turn around and eventually buy the theatre from Mr. Blaker.

source: Wildwood by the Sea by David W. Francis, page 57

Porkface
Porkface on October 31, 2005 at 8:20 pm

The Blaker auditorium and tiny lobby to the surprise of many still exists (rotting away that is) and is by far the oldest remaining theatre in Wildwood, starting over 100 years ago as a vaudeville house. The smallest of the local Hunt’s Theatres, it was perfect for raucous movies like “Woodstock” where the crowd danced in the aisles. It was divided into 2 screens long after its heyday, and bizarrely re-opened for a last hurrah (or guffah may be a better term) circa 1997.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 2:27 am

Listed as part of Hunt’s Theatres, Inc. in the 1970 FDY & 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 7:49 pm

My 1967 FDY lists the Hunts Theaters at that time as follows: Cape May – Beach, Liberty. Stone Harbor – Harbor, Park. Wildwood – Blaker, Casino, Ocean, Shore, Regent, Starlight Ballroom, Strand.

BobR
BobR on November 3, 2007 at 9:10 pm

Does anyone remember which theater in Wildwood NJ had the big green screen that looked like an underwater scene with lots of fish on it? I remember it opening and closing at the start and end of the movie.

Tony DeWald
Tony DeWald on October 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Wasn’t the Hunt, the one that was equipped for Sensurround.
I’m sure I saw Earthquake there.

And I know I saw Jaws at the Shore theater.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 27, 2009 at 1:18 am

This webpage shows some pictures of what was the Blaker prior to the demolition of the combined Shore/Blaker: View link

Tony DeWald
Tony DeWald on November 27, 2009 at 6:54 am

I guess i saw Jaws at the Blaker.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 20, 2010 at 11:37 am

What did tyhey put in place of the theaters?

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