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.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

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markp
markp on July 3, 2017 at 10:31 am

Seattleprojectionist, I last worked full time as a union projectionist 4 years ago last month, when the 10 plex I worked at went digital. I run the occasional 35mm at a non union house once in a blue moon, and I’m lucky enough to be doing 70mm at the Regal Theatre in Times Square NYC. I was hired to do Hateful 8 and now they hired me back to do Dunkirk. And as you a stagehand the rest of the time at Prudential Center Arena in Newark NJ. And less yearly income to go along with it.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

The Amboy was to central Jersey what the Route 4 and 17 theatres in paramus was to north jersey…showcase theatres that had the latest projection and sound technology to cater to a movie going audience. Sadly the theaters are no more, with this becoming an eyesore for travelers riding down the highway towards the shore at the bottom of the hill looking for a good movie or even going to the beach. I bet a lot of people will be excited to go to the movies again in Sayreville when Regal arrives there soon.

Seattleprojectionist
Seattleprojectionist on July 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

markp: SIFF (Seattle Int'l. Film Festival) runs 3 year round venues, two single screen houses and a triplex and still they still have a good deal of both 35mm and digital work for us. I could work elsewhere as a stagehand and make more money but I started in movie theaters when I was 16 years old and it must be in my blood as I can’t seem to get away from it. I also work at the Seattle Art Museum (35 and digital) and at the Cinerama when film is run. Dunkirk in 70mm for two weeks later this month and a 3 week 70mm festival in September. As to stage work, I pretty much limit myself to work at the Seattle Center as a City employee.

xantny84x
xantny84x on July 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm

I grew up going to this theater – being a horror movie fan, I’d seen quite a few here I can think of off the top of my head – The Sixth Sense, The Blair Witch Project, Halloween: H20, The Haunting (remake), Halloween: Resurrection, Scream 2 (twice)… I remember seeing Speed 2 there as well, but showing up way late and like half of the movie had already played lol I still have some of my ticket stubs from there as well. Amazing looking at ticket prices then compared to now.

I keep saying if it were possible they should knock the building down and turn it into a drive in movie theater, which is what it was originally – they’re so rare, and newer generations haven’t experienced it too often. I would love it if they could do that.

I also (barely) remember Raz-Ma-Tazz – I was really young, but I slightly remember the mechanical animal band that played on the stage in this theater type area and there were some arcade games and pizza.

markp
markp on July 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Ive been saying a nice 4 screen drive in would be a hit. 2 larger screens by the river, and 2 smaller ones by the former circle. Open it up from mid march till mid November. It would be a gold mine

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 15, 2017 at 10:26 am

I wonder if any bugs have infested this building since it closed down; at the time of the closing, digital projection was in its infancy, imax was just a luxury, and recliners and reserved seating were only for Europeans.

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on July 19, 2017 at 5:47 am

Is any of the rest of the equipment left in building salvageable ?

markp
markp on July 19, 2017 at 6:33 am

Highly doubtful. With all the water that’s leaked in over the years the moisture has probably caused a lot of damage.

Ccano
Ccano on July 19, 2017 at 7:46 am

Probably the few things that are still okay are the things in the storage area under the big sign on rt 9 that shows the movie viewings. I looked inside and there are seats and the letters used to put up. And other things that they used

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

Are there any film reels damaged?

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