DeWitt Theater

537 Broadway,
Bayonne, NJ 07002

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DeWitt Theater

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The DeWitt Theater was opened December 20, 1923 with 8 big acts of B.F. Keith Vaudeville and photoplays. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3 manual 10 ranks theatre organ. This theater is most remembered for hosting Sandra Dee Day on March 22, 1960. Dee was a native of Bayonne. The theater closed in the late-summer of 1972 with “A Concert for Bangladesh” and “Popcorn”. In the following three days concerts were held in the building. It was demolished in early-1973 and by fall of 1973 a McDonalds had been built and opened on the site.

The first related link shows Ms. Dee in front of the theater.

The second related link is a print of the theater on sale at the local historical society.

Contributed by tc

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teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 6:13 am

Listed in the 1944 FDY as part of Warner Bros. Listed as part of Stanley Warner Corp. in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee
teecee on March 10, 2006 at 7:34 pm

1942 ad courtesy of Bill Huelbig:
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LuisV
LuisV on October 20, 2006 at 6:11 pm

Based on above comments this listing should be changed to demolished.

This appeared to be a huge theater. Anyone know the style? Was it lavishly appointed or utilitarian?

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on August 21, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Hi Lost Memory,

Hi,

I’m a member of the Three Stooges Fan Club in Pennsylvania. The Fan Club also has a museum: www.stoogeum.com

The Fan Club is presently trying to compile a list of all Three Stooges personal appearances. We’re sure there were personal appearances in the North Jersey area. The era may range from 1930’s to 1980’s. Please let us know how a search like this could be done. The 1960’s to 1980’s appearances may have been in connection with Officer Joe Bolton. If you’re able to document any appearances, please email e at:

Thanks,
Frank Reighter

RickB
RickB on April 17, 2009 at 6:34 am

Here is American Classic Images' pic of the DeWitt. The 1968 date would seem to be a little early given that * The French Connection * is shown as a coming attraction on the front of the marquee.

xwhiteswan
xwhiteswan on November 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I saw many a movie at The DeWitt Theatre. I was a teenager when it was demolished in the mid 70’s. It was sad seeing the theatre torn down and be replaced by a Mcdonald’s. The Petridis hot dog truck was on 25th street, just around the corner from the theatre. Fortunately it wasn’t put out of business when Mcdonald’s came. Petridis Hot Dogs opened shop right on 25th street. Later on it moved a few doors down, where it still stands today.

yosh1951
yosh1951 on January 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm

When i was around 9 years old my mom took me to the DeWitt theater i saw the three stooges Moe Shemp and Joe with officer Joe Bolton it was around 1961

bobp60
bobp60 on June 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

The DeWitt showed it’s final movie “The Concert For Bangladesh” with another earlier Rock Movie called “Popcorn” in the late summer of 1972. It would then host three days of concerts, among the acts The Chambers Bros. right after this last film. After that, its doors closed for good. Demolition began in early 1973.

bobp60
bobp60 on June 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

The McDonald’s opened in the fall of 1973 when I was in the eighth grade. We had lunch breaks from school then for about an hour and remember going there on opening day from #3 School. Looking back, what a travesty that was to replace such a beautiful theater with garbage like McDonald’s. Whoever says it was 1975 is dead wrong,it closed when I was 12, remember very well.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 11, 2017 at 8:53 am

Picture of the December 20, 1923 grand opening of the Bayonne DeWitt Theatre in photos. Opening day consisted of films and an impressive musical performance on the new Wurlitzer opus 710 organ there.

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