Playhouse Theatre

591 Main Avenue,
Passaic, NJ 07055

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The Playhouse Theatre opened for legitimate stage productions in 1914. It quickly became a vaudeville theatre, before becoming a movie theatre. The theatre was never fitted with air-conditioning and employed two, huge fans on both sides of the stage to ‘cool’ the audience. Often the noise of these fans interfered with the hearing of softer dialogue. The Playhouse Theatre was later operated by Warner Bros. chain.

Closed by 1956, in November 1956 there was an attempt to reopen it as a skating rink, but ran into problems with insufficient parking. The Playhouse Theatre was demolished and today Home Liquors occupies the lot at 591-595 Main Avenue.

Contributed by tc, John Morris

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teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 8:22 am

Listed as part of Warner Bros. in the 1944 FDY. Listed as CLOSED and part of Stanley Warner Corp. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

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