Cameo Twin Cinema XXX

68 Orange Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Cameo Twin Cinema XXX

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Listed in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook as the Treat Theatre, this theater has been showing adult movies for over 25 years. In the early-2000’s, Cinema 1 screened regular adult movies and Cinema 2 screened all male adult movies. The Cameo was equipped with new projection and sound systems that were installed in the 2000’s. It is located at the corner of 469 Broad Street and 68 Orange Street.

The Cameo Twin Cinema XXX was closed at the end of August 2010, following a tragic murder in the building, and the refusal of the City of Newark to renew its licence to operate.

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sunnydaze
sunnydaze on April 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I just wanted to let people know that I tried calling the phone number listed for Cameo Twin Cinema xxx and it appears they are still open, a recording lists location, hours of operation and other info, now I just wish I lived closer so I could check this place out, there doesn’t appear to be many Adult Cinemas left, thought you might like the info just the same.

Altoblanco
Altoblanco on August 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I am amazed that I am the first to comment about what occurred here recently. A customer, well-known to Cameo Twin “regulars”, was brutally murdered inside this theatre. From what I’ve read online (NJ Star-Ledger news reports and blogs), this was nothing short of a bloodbath.

The incident occurred on Friday, 23 July 2010 around 6:45 PM, in the “TV viewing area” (the lobby). First-hand accounts of the situation tell of a freaked-out perpetrator, butcher knife in hand, standing over a near-lifeless body, ranting “The dude touched me…y’all don’t understand, the dude touched me.” No one was able to get near the victim to assist as he lay there bleeding to death. There were “…gallons of blood everywhere.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, “20-30 cops came rushing in, guns drawn”, taking shocked theatre customers “by paddy wagon” to City Hall police station, where they detained and “grilled” them long afterward (“until 11 PM” ) hoping to extract “the truth”, using aggressive questioning techniques (going so far as to implicate and accuse witnesses of involvement)!

Many witnesses knew the 40-y-o victim, Garrick Farmer (who went by the name “Tyreke”), and it was alleged that the victim was initially the aggressor, harassing and following the perp everywhere, demanding sexual favors â€" this caused the perp to “snap.”

One witness described the 29-y-o perp, Michael Handy (a.k.a. “Michael Antonio”), as “seriously beautiful” (!), where “…everyone would go after him”. It was also reported that the victim was much larger in stature (6’-4” vs. 5’- 4”) – amazingly, that didn’t seem to stop Handy from attacking him.

Handy was being held at Essex County Jail on various murder and weapons charges.

You would think that an indoor, “controlled" environment (such as a theatre) vs. an outdoor spot (Branch Brook Park anyone?) would be the safest place in Newark. Furthermore, one would expect that an incident of this magnitude would be enough to shut down this type of place permanently.

Unbelievably, after only a very brief closure, it has reopened for business!

Altoblanco
Altoblanco on October 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

According to second-hand information posted in mid-September on a leading “cruising” website, the City of Newark has refused to renew their operating license – and given the recent happenings here, it should come as no surprise. The theatre has been closed since the end of August, and there is no indication that it will ever reopen.

This would make the Little Theatre the last [and only] remaining full-fledged porn theatre in Newark (and with the previous demise of the Montauk in Passaic, all of Northern New Jersey).

It looks like this place is finished. Yet another adult theatre with the status “closed”.

Altoblanco
Altoblanco on October 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

I passed by recently – the place is still shuttered. I also telephoned (973-621-7622) – an automated recording answered “you have reached a number that is disconnected or no longer in service”.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on June 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I visited this theater many times. There was a bathroom that you climbed a few steps to get to. The steps were rickety. the bathroom was completely dark. it was a terrible place. It’s a shame what happened. I had not visited there in a long time. I am sure glad I wasn’t there that night.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

The Treat was showing Spanish language films in the early sixties.

jaham
jaham on October 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Michael Handy got 12 and a half years

Willburg145
Willburg145 on December 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Why only 12 years for such a brutal killing? Is that his picture at the top of the page? I don’t understand how the law works. Someone butchers a human being and they get anything short of life in prison…

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

monroe jones
monroe jones on September 9, 2013 at 3:23 am

I use to make the trip from NYC here a few times a month and it sucks that its gone.

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