Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

US Highway 9 & State Route 35,
Sayreville, NJ 08872

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Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

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Located just off the Garden State Parkway as you go off the Driscoll Bridge, this theatre has been entertaining audiences in central Jersey since 1979. A sister theatre, Hazlet Multiplex Cinemas, shares the same design (I think) as this theatre.

As of 6/3/05, it is temporarily closed for a sinking ceiling, so most moviegoers would go to Hazlet. Other than that, this I think is a popular theatre.

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Ccano
Ccano on September 21, 2016 at 7:49 am

Yeah I definitely hear you. Would be amazing and such a nostalgic feeling. It’s hard to see something left alone and un touched. Every single bit of into inside means something. Mark, would you have any pictures of the cinemas, anything of it doesn’t matter. Fuck man I want to go inside it now, someone has to have a key or know a way to be able to go inside with permission

markp
markp on September 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Ccano, one of my biggest regrets in my 40 years as a projectionist was not having the foresight to look ahead. I thought all the theatres I worked at would be around forever. Sadly I don’t have any photos of anything Amboys. I have a few of the old Menlo Park Twin Cinema, and the Sayrewoods theatre projection room and that’s it. And I worked in probably 35 or more different theatres over the years. All I have are the memories.

Ccano
Ccano on September 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Wow Mark, I really wish I can hear more of your memories/stories. Even so I wouldn’t mind seeing pictures of those 2 cinemas. Don’t worry, you are a great person for working at amboy cinemas and being able to remember what you remember and have those memories. Hopefully I can get in contact with whom ever owns the building or keys to the pad locks and ask if. I can take pictures or videos inside, at no point do I want to vandalize or steal anything, that place is too sacred for me to do that.

markp
markp on September 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

I myself wouldn’t mind seeing what it looks like. I helped install the seats in the original 6 cinemas way back in 1979. And as my wife says, you wouldn’t want to get me started on my stories, lol. You would need a change of clothes cause once I get going, I don’t know when to stop.

Ccano
Ccano on September 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Hey man , I’m going to find out through the city what I can find out about it and see when and who I need to talk to. But believe me I don’t mind the stories, it’s all amazing stuff I can learn and know. How did you get that job ?? You’re so blessed mark for that, ugh

markp
markp on September 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Ccano my father was a union projectionist for 55 years before retiring in Dec 1992. He passed in Oct 93. My uncle was a projectionist for 52 years passing in 1991. I knew all the projectionists in the union and visited almost all the theatres, some of which, including Amboys I ended up working in. I started to apprentice in summer 1976. The rest is history. I can remember almost all the theatres and dates I worked. Many are overlapped, meaning I may have worked more than one job a week. That was the case thru the 80’s when I worked days at the Sayrewoods adult theatre by day (which is on here and I posted a photo of that projection room) and nights at Amboys, Menlo Park or Woodbridge.

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on September 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Does anyone know where I can find some photos of this place but from the INSIDE ?!?!?!? I have been fascinated when this place since I was a young boy and that was back when it first closed, every time my family and I go to NJ to visit my grandma we always pass by this theater. My mom used to see many films during it’s hay day. All I want to do is to what the inside looks like so can someone please help me so I can solve this mystery that has lasted for so many years PLEASE ?!?!?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 30, 2016 at 4:44 am

And, that’s why we try to photograph even relatively plain looking multiplexes, for history’s sake! Not been here, but I do my bit elsewhere. Thank you!

markp
markp on September 30, 2016 at 7:48 am

SNdoniB_1999, all I can tell you about the inside from the last time I was in there, Dec 2008, was at that time, 3 years after closing, there was already a strong musty smell in the theatres. The screens in theatres 8 and 14 were removed and taken to another theater. The projection room had several projectors confiscated for parts for other theatres. The sinkhole in the lobby was still there. The screen in cinema 10 has a piece cut out of it. Since then, if you drive by you can see that the a/c units have been destroyed by vandels stealing the copper, as well as the projection exhaust fans. I’m sure the place must be full of water and mold. Also the tidal surge from Sandy reached all the way up to the exit doors for cinemas 1 & 2. I don’t know if this will help you at all, but that’s about it.

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on September 30, 2016 at 8:34 am

@markp Well thanks for the input at least I know that someone got a chance to see it.

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