Cameo Twin Cinema XXX

68 Orange Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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monroe jones
monroe jones on September 9, 2013 at 4:23 am

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

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 13, 2012 at 1:24 am

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!

Willburg145 on December 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

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…

jaham on October 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Michael Handy got 12 and a half years

AlAlvarez on August 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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

Willburg145 on June 7, 2011 at 8:51 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.

Altoblanco on October 6, 2010 at 11:11 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”.

Altoblanco on October 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

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 on August 20, 2010 at 2:07 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!

sunnydaze on April 8, 2010 at 3:31 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.

sunnydaze on April 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I would just like to thank Warren G.Harris for posting the photo of the Newspaper ad, at least I know they were open as of 2008.

sunnydaze on April 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

So can someone tell me if this place is still open as of today’s date 4-08-10 and also do you know of any adult cinemas that are still open in New England, I am from Maine and would like the chance to visit one before there all gone. Thanks so much :)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm

I thought that this type of directory advertising had ended decades ago. I was quite surprised to find it in YESTERDAY’s NY Daily News. And not in the Entertainment section, but buried in a corner of the Sports pages at the back of the newspaper:
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idopay on April 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm

but isn’t a comment of what the theater has become important when discussing the history…some of what is said may be sexual but some is just a frank telling of the truth…the theater is there strictly for porn and whatever happens in the seats…

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Yeah, I couldn’t agree more, guys. I’ve removed all the off-topic/sexual comments.

Note to adult theater patrons: Cinema Treasures isn’t the place to discuss such topics. If you post anything that is of a sexual nature, we’ll delete your comment and account without warning.

kencmcintyre on April 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I agree with you, Warren. Almost every entry on this page concerns availability for some kind of sexual adventure. I’m not a prude, but this isn’t the site for that kind of thing. There about eight million other sites that would suffice.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 7, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Recent postings at this listing suggest that Cinema Treasures needs to tighten up its membership requirements to prevent people from joining up just to exchange information of a sexual nature. One of the ways to do that is to stop the use of pseudonyms. “horny” and “idopay” have each posted only one message so far. They may or may not be the same person, but they are definitely here under false pretenses, and tarnishing the credibility of Cinema Treasures.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 18, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Has it ever been definitely established that the current premises are actually the Cameo Theatre? Something was posted here some time ago that suggested that the Cameo had been demolished, and that its final porno management moved its business nearby to another building that had never been a theatre.

AndyT on December 18, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Another thought —— I absolutely agree with saps concerning the impropriety (did I get that right?) of posting homophobic remarks on this website. I’m all for free speech but this is just not the place. Remember, free speech does not cover yelling “fire” in a crowded theater.

AndyT on December 18, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Old theaters that are in use as sexually-oriented businesses are like bookmarks. They keep these old single screen theaters operating and as long as they are alive there is a chance (however small) of a future rehab. Frankly, I could care less what consenting adults do in such facilities. I’m not interested in it so I stay away. I would make the same suggestion to those who appear deeply offended by the very existance of such activities.

izzy272 on November 26, 2007 at 8:34 pm

I thought this was a nice forum where I could share memories and information about old movie house. I do not like the direction this thread has twisted and turn into.

If your idea of a good time is spending hours in some dark dank shit hole of a crack den getting passed from aids infested fag to aids infested fag fine.


Please go else where to trade you sad sad stories.

toby0821 on November 14, 2007 at 8:22 pm

For one, the person who would close it down needs to get his jollies someplace. Second, why would you want to close it down? I find the people very friendly and the atmosphere very light. Besides, I always find someone to discuss the game being watched. Where can you beat sitting in an old worn out chair, turn to the left and watch the game, turn to the right and watch all the hot action.

Comon Scott, lighten up.

izzy272 on August 5, 2007 at 5:34 am

Here is a photo of the place

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 25, 2007 at 1:54 pm

If “Izzy” is correct, the status of the theatre should be changed to “demolished.”

izzy272 on July 15, 2007 at 8:06 am

This is not the treat theatre per say. The ordinal treat was just around the corner where the ATT offices are now. The old place was torn down to make room for the ATT high-rise office buildings. I am pretty sure that the same owner open up this new place as I can remember the same old white woman working there taking tickets in the lat 80’s. I am not sure of the exact date I first whent to the old treat but I can say it was when I was still in high school so before 1977. That whole area was quite the place with many strip bars and other delights to keep any 16/17 year old boy busy. This was of course all pre AIDS.

I spoke to my friend who is a Newark cop and he informed me that this place is a crack house that caters mostly to homos