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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Ccano
Ccano on October 12, 2016 at 8:49 am

Meow I love all this nostalgia there is to know. Can never get enough. MarkP would yu by any chance have any memorabilia of the place, anything physical for its rememberance ? I just want to know more and more. Damn you got in there 3 years after, where can I contact those people? I want to ask them if I can just go inside, I need to see or know. When you went in, it was to remove the projectors right ?

markp
markp on October 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Ccano, no unfortunately nothing physical. When I was in there it was to remove 2 screens and a sound rack for the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, which unfortunately never allowed me to get either installed and I haven’t been back there since 2010. I would have loved to have one of those sound racks and projector lamphouses as I am trying to return movies to the Brook Theatre in Bound Brook. But I’m sure after 11 years of sitting in cold and dampness, the stuff probably only good for scrap now.

Ccano
Ccano on October 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Shit man, I really need to get in there, makes me sad knowing there’s so much history in there, even though it’s been 10 years. Stuff untouched, a place that was a hang out. If I find out any info on how to get in, 8@@ let you know. How can one get a job of what you did sir?

markp
markp on October 13, 2016 at 6:53 am

Ccano, as I said way earlier, I believe, my father and uncle were both projectionists and member of the IATSE union for many years. When I was 16 I started to apprentice to join the union, and got in in Jan 1980. I then worked full time at the job of projectionist in numerous theaters (37 different locations at last count) until digital projection finally put me out of work I’m May 2013. I am now a part time stage hand at the Prudential Center in Newark. Unfortunately there are no more jobs in projection as everything is run by computer. Should I be lucky enough to get movies going at the Brook Theatre in Bound Brook then there will be a little something there, but its gonna be a while. As I have told others like you, and its not meant in a bad way, but you just came to the party too late. And yes, let me know if you ever find out how to gain access.

Ccano
Ccano on October 13, 2016 at 7:16 am

Damn I kind of feel left out. Like if I waited too long. Give me about a week and I’ll let you know about the status of the theatre. I probably went to the that theatre numerous times as a kid I can remember. When you go through the main doors, to the left was like the arcade stuff, movie poster things. To the right was the Counter to buy tickets and left of it was the food stuff. When you walk straight forward, it was the area they take your ticket and you go left or right to the theatre. To the left all the way down the hall looked creepy never really look right to me. But wow how cool is it to have that job like that there in prudential center. Shit like that I love to do.

markp
markp on October 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Yes you do remember that theatre. I was never a big fan of the additions they did that kept making that hallway from cinema 1 up to 9 and 10 so long. If you had to use the restroom it was like a half mile walk, LOL. The job in Pru center is ok. But its more for young guys, not someone like me whos gonna be 58 years old in 3 months.

Ccano
Ccano on October 13, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Shit I’d do a job like that, all that facinates me. Also the theatre was very dull colorish. red, white, maybe like a beige color too. I’m trying to imagine how it can look, ah man. I just don’t get why it’s not alllowed to go inside, because once they say to take it down, it’s going all garbage

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on October 17, 2016 at 10:16 pm

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 10:48 am

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 7:06 pm

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

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