Laurel Theatre

Bridgeton, NJ

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Laurel Theater, Bridgeton NJ

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This theater was built in 1950 on the site of the Criterion Theatre, destroyed 14 months earlier in a fire. The local historic commission granted a temporary restriction against demolition in 2004. A local theater group, Off Broad Street Players, was lobbying to prevent the demolition. The theater was demolished apart from the lobby area.

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teecee
teecee on June 15, 2005 at 7:18 am

Looks like it didn’t make it. Please update status to DEMOLISHED.

extracted from today’s nj.com

“Ever looking to help the Greater Bridgeton Area, Fisher toured the Laurel Theater demolition site Tuesday and found out the movie projectors are still there and will be bulldozed under.”

I am not sure who “Fisher” is.

teecee
teecee on July 1, 2005 at 7:55 am

You can buy a collectible at this site under Businesses:
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teecee
teecee on July 1, 2005 at 7:58 am

LAUREL THEATER
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Feasibility Study
Watson and Henry Associates
Bridgeton, New Jersey
DAVIS CROSSFIELD ASSOCIATES – theater consultant

Perhaps these firms have some additional data on the theater.

teecee
teecee on January 22, 2006 at 6:06 am

Opening night program (8/24/1950):

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teecee
teecee on July 1, 2006 at 4:51 am

Survived as a theater into the 1970s by showing Spanish language films. Closed as a theater in 1979.

Images of America: South Jersey Movie Houses, page 84

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 6, 2009 at 5:36 pm

This is from a city progress report in February 2008:

Laurel Theater, Laurel Street, Downtown Bridgeton:

The Laurel Theater is being purchased by Bahri Yilmaz. Mr. Yilmaz owns the BridgeWater Pub in Bridgeton and the Green Olive Restaurant in Hopewell. Plans for the Laurel Theater include renovating the existing building and connecting it with the BridgeWater Pub in order to expand the Pub to do weddings and other large banquets. Mr. Yilmaz will create a garden environment on the property in order to hold outdoor events.

John_W_Pedersen
John_W_Pedersen on April 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

the only remanants of this building are the lobby. the theater space itself was long ago demolished. the remaining lobby area still has the slope floor but is in very poor condition.

airgrabber
airgrabber on August 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

Actual address is 32-34 S. Laurel Street. Currently owned by Riverfront Cafe LLC % Yilmaz, which owns the Bridgewater Pub. Purchased for $56,000 on April 20, 2009.

tmarino
tmarino on September 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I dated the theater owner’s son in the early 70s, their family name was Spagnola. I went back to Bridgeton this summer and took a photo of the theater, it’s in sad condition. I shared it on the photo page here.

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