DeWitt Theater

537 Broadway,
Bayonne, NJ 07002

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bobp60
bobp60 on June 17, 2012 at 12:56 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.

bobp60
bobp60 on June 17, 2012 at 12:50 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.

yosh1951
yosh1951 on January 3, 2010 at 6:16 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

xwhiteswan
xwhiteswan on November 1, 2009 at 2:19 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.

RickB
RickB on April 17, 2009 at 4:34 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.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on August 21, 2007 at 9:13 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

LuisV
LuisV on October 20, 2006 at 4:11 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?

teecee
teecee on March 10, 2006 at 5:34 pm

1942 ad courtesy of Bill Huelbig:
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teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:13 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2005 at 5:05 am

The following is someone’s recollection of the DeWitt Theater in 1956 that I came across. It reads in part:

“….so, the theater in Bayonne, "The DeWitt” was unencumbered by a matron, and as a result, the kids could get a bit unruly during the Saturday matinees. In comparison to today, however, the unruliness (is that a word?) was really not very bad.

I remember that the balcony at the DeWitt was perpetually “closed”, according to the sign. The rumor was that the balcony had been comdemned, but in reality, this may just have been an attempt to save money by not stationing an usher up there. Nevertheless, anyone who wanted to go upstairs was not prevented from doing so. This was actually a great “necking” opportunity for the teenagers, due to no supervision up there.

The Saturday Kiddie Matinee was usually 35 cents. Sometimes, it was only 25 cents. My food of choice, since the double feature + cartoons led to many hours in the theater, was the hot dog. These were “cooked” (in reality, probably only warmed) by rotating on spikes in a small enclosed glass chamber with a couple of light bulbs. The bulbs actually did cause that little chamber to get pretty hot, so the hot dogs really were fairly hot.

My most vivid memory is of seeing the Three Stooges “live” at the theater on a couple of occasions. They appeared with “Officer Joe Bolton”, a staff announcer at WPIX television who also hosted an afternoon kid’s show that had led to a sort of renaissance of new fans for the Stooges. I believe that these live shows cost about $1.00, rather than the usual .25 or .35 fee".

teecee
teecee on July 27, 2005 at 4:28 am

“The DeWitt, on Broadway and 25th Street, where a McDonald’s now stands, went out of business in 1975, said Joseph E. Ryan, Bayonne’s public information director.”

New York Times. (Late Edition (East Coast)). New York, N.Y.: Mar 27, 2005. pg. 14NJ.5

teecee
teecee on June 21, 2005 at 7:17 am

Wurlitzer organ opus 710 installed on 9/30/1923.