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 opening on December 7, 1979. A sister theatre, Hazlet Multiplex Cinemas, shares the same design (I think) as this theatre.

As of June 3, 2005, 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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SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on October 18, 2016 at 12:16 am

Does anyone know the last bunch of films that played at the theater before it officially closed and if so what were they ? I would really love to know. 😊

rivest266
rivest266 on October 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm

December 7th, 1979 grand opening ad in the photo section. National Amusements also opened the Showcase Cinemas North on the same day in Pittsburgh and maybe the Sunrise cinemas on Long Island.

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on November 1, 2016 at 9:06 pm

Is there still a way to gain access inside the building, or is that kind of stuff out of the question ?

amboyurbex
amboyurbex on March 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I went inside Amboy Cinemas last year. I will not tell anyone how I got inside, nor will help anyone do it and/or accompany them. For the record, I will never go in there again. It is situated by the Parkway, Route 9, and Route 35 and even though I know what I am doing, I consider myself incredibly lucky I was not detected at all considering the high traffic all around. Not to mention, just days after I gained access a cop killed himself on that property, which scared me and made me hesitant to share these photos. I don’t want to sound harsh, but I want nothing to do with anyone else’s urban exploration excursions unless I know and trust them. Maybe when they tear the place down, I can reveal my research and methods, but until then, I do not wish to have any part in anyone’s plans to go there.

That said, I posted a few photos of my time there. It is very dark in there and once I gained access, the air was old and stale. There were many signs of water damage but it seems like no one vandalized the building and it seems like very few people have ever been inside since it closed. Although there was evidence of people messing around with what was left. Much of the office furniture is there as well as movie related equipment. I walked into only a couple theaters. Some posters and signs were still up. One of the last movies that played there was Star Wars Episode III, and they had mentions of the cartoon Madagascar coming there soon.

If you have questions, I will be happy to answer some, but nothing related to gaining access. I know people will feel the need to go now that I revealed it can be accessed so I will offer one last warning and advice. Do not go if you are unprepared, ill-equipped, and did not do the proper scouting prior. If you do, you must not be detected at all including from the highways. I have had the cops called on me by a person passing in a vehicle just for taking pictures on an overpass (legally). Consider any passerby a snitch and in that location, someone will see you unless you know the correct access point and time to go… and have luck on your side. It is also 100% dark inside and there are many hazards on the floor. Do not think a cell phone flashlight will be enough to see. I had to change the batteries on my main light, and I used my cell phone to see that. It was not enough to see across the theater. I would suggest to not do it, but I won’t tell anyone what to do.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 29, 2017 at 5:50 pm

The regal in sayreville will open next year, ending a 13 year drought for movies near the driscoll bridge.

markp
markp on March 29, 2017 at 6:39 pm

While I agree with you about not going in there, thanks for the photos, particularly the projection room. I spent 21 years working in that booth. The theater you took the photo with no screen has to be either 8 or 14. We removed those screens in dec 2008 to take to the Ritz in Elizabeth. I think a lot of the water damage is from the fact vandals have stripped the a/c units on the roof.

Ccano
Ccano on March 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm

See here AmboyUrbex, I cannot thank you enough for those photos. You have been blessed to be able to go inside. You don’t know how much that means to all of us and me. Wow, makes me so sad. Please email me if you have more pictures. As well I do urban exploring in Perth Amboy.

Email:

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on April 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

AmboyUrbanEx there are no words to express how much I want to thank, my mom used to go to this theater all the time like to see films Indiana Jones 3. She was really taken back by all these photo. God bless you !!!!!!

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on April 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

I do have one big question AmboyUrbanEx, are there any photos of the posters that put up in Theatre or any marquee for any films that were slated to be shown there as well as a photo of the sinkhole in the consession stand ? If so I would love to see them !!!!!!!!!!! I’m so glad that you posted these photos as I said before, but I would just love to see anymore photos that you have of the buildings interiors especially the lobby.

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on April 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

My email is

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