Cameo Twin Cinema XXX

68 Orange Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Cameo Twin Cinema XXX

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The Treat Theatre was opened around 1924 at 68 Orange Street at the corner with Broad Street. The Treat Theatre was still operating as a regular movie theatre in 1957. By the 1980’s it went over to screening adult movies and was renamed Cameo Theatre. It was later twinned. In the early-2000’s, Cinema 1 screened regular adult movies and Cinema 2 screened all male adult movies. The Cameo Twin Cinema XXX was equipped with new projection and sound systems that were installed in the 2000’s.

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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Alto on August 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

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!

Alto on October 1, 2010 at 8:37 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”.

Alto on October 6, 2010 at 7:11 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 on June 7, 2011 at 4:51 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

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

jaham on October 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Michael Handy got 12 and a half years

Willburg145 on December 11, 2011 at 7:17 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 7:24 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 12:23 am

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

dallasmovietheaters on January 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Had a Wurlitzer organ installed in 1924 which appears to be its first year of operation.

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