Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

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

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Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

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.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

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moviebuff82 on July 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

Are there any film reels damaged?

amboyurbex on December 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm

moviebuff82 I didn’t see any major film reels there. The only film I saw were trailers and other ads, but those were far and few between. Nothing seemed very damaged as it was all upstairs. Everything downstairs was in worse condition.

moviebuff82 on December 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Any word on regal opening there?

SNdoniB_1999 on December 17, 2017 at 9:28 am

Did you recognize any of those film trailers or what they may be ?

sbarber0206 on May 23, 2018 at 1:19 am

are they going to open soon

Stilllovethemovies712 on May 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm

Hey. I used to go to this multiplex every once in a while back in the mid-90s and even though I didn’t see movies at it as often as I saw them at other movie theaters, I continue to think about it a lot, since I fear the same thing may happen to one of my current go-to theaters in the Central NJ area. Anyway, some of the things I remember most about this theater were the green seats, the fact that it seemed like it took forever to walk to the front of the building/entrance depending on where you parked your car in the parking lot, the fact that it seemed like there were so many doors you could exit the building from and the never-ending hallway you’d sometimes have to walk down to get to the auditorium the movie you were planning to see was showing in. I also remember the locations of the restrooms very well. One thing I can’t recollect too well is the areas where tickets were sold. I remember there was a register where you could buy tickets from on the right hand side when you walked into the multiplex. But, didn’t they also have a register that sold tickets on the left hand side, too? Or am I not remembering the areas where they sold tickets correctly? Also, can anyone remember the exact location of the auditoriums in the building. For example, where were auditoriums 1 and 2 in proximity to where you would give the ticket taker your tickets? Were they to the right in that never-ending hallway or to the left? And what about auditoriums 13 and 14? Where were they located in the building? Thanks for any information you can provide me. And honestly, I still kind of miss this place. It was definitely one of the bigger and nicer multiplexes in the Central NJ area back in the day. I feel it is still a shame what happened to it.

markp on May 26, 2018 at 6:57 pm

There were ticket boxoffices on each side oe the entrance doors to the left and right. Cinema 1 and 2 were the ones ALL the way down the long hallway. As you walked in 11 and 12 were right in front of you and 13 and 14 were to the right. I worked here as a projectionist from 1984 till it closed in 2005.

Stilllovethemovies712 on December 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Thanks markp for letting me know where the auditoriums were located in the multiplex. As I wrote, I didn’t frequent it as much as other movie theaters in the area, so honestly couldn’t remember where they were located in that never-ending hallway. If someone parked their car behind auditoriums 1 and 2, it would take several minutes to walk to the front of the building. I recollect that very well. And thanks for letting me know that there was a box office on both the right hand side and left hand side near the entrance. I honestly thought there were 2 box offices, since I recall my late dad buying tickets from the one on the left hand side a few times, but couldn’t remember for sure.

And it will be interesting to see what happens with the property heading forward. It has already been 13 years since it shut down, so I can’t believe something hasn’t been done with the land yet. However, if the land is a clean-up site, I do kind of understand. But, it would be nice if they could redevelop it one of these days. As you wrote, a Drive-In theater would probably do really well there during the warmer months. I also think a weekend flea market could potentially do well at that location during the summer months.

ridethectrain on August 12, 2019 at 11:59 am

The Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas which open the same time in 1979, when they added screens, it was a long walk to Theatre 14. The refreshment area was by screens 3 and 4 in 1979, which became screens 6 and 7 in 1987. The sad thing about National Amusements, they didn’t care about us watching films down long narrow auditoriums when watching scope films, it was horrible.

For example, The Last Emperor which I saw it the Sunrise Cinemas, similar to Amboy, Theatre 11 was horrible, cut up from a 550 seat house which was added in 1982..

At least in the 90, National Amusements got better when building movie theatres, they at least built 12 to 14 screen complexes. Why didn’t they in 1979 build 14 screens from the start. Guess AMC was inventor of more modern complexes.

markp on August 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm

The multiplex was just coming into being in 1979. The problem with Amboys (and Im sure Sunrise) was that they put all the electrical in a room at the end of the hallway by #6 (eventual 14). That made it impossible to expand that way, which made it a one way with that long, long hallway to the end.

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