Cameo Twin Cinema XXX

68 Orange Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Cameo Twin Cinema XXX

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
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
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
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
jaham on October 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Michael Handy got 12 and a half years

Willburg145
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…

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
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.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Raided by the cops on November 22nd, 1974. An article in the photo section.

Teddybear35
Teddybear35 on September 7, 2018 at 7:32 am

It took one bad apple to ruin it for everyone else. I also blame the Cameo for not having better security because if they had someone checking bags this incident could have been avoided. As for Michael Handy he clearly knew what went on at the Cameo and if touched all he had to do was open his big mouth and say not interested and if dude persisted leave. Now both theater’s are gone and Newark is officially dead and boring now what is one to do when bored or just wants to release? I miss the Cameo had some fun times. Hopefully Michael Handy gets what’s coming to him behind bars because in prison they don’t ask permission they take it.

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