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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SNdoniB_1999 on April 5, 2017 at 8:14 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 on April 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm

My email is

The_Batman_Professor on June 20, 2017 at 3:11 am

Those photos are equally chilling and fascinating. Can’t tell you how many films I saw there between 1985 and 1996. I know the first film I saw there was LIFEFORCE, and I believe the last was HELLRAISER BLOODLINES. By ‘96, it was getting sketchy, and we switched to Hazlet until we moved out of NJ in '99. What memories.

davidcoppock on June 20, 2017 at 4:28 am

Is there any plans to fix and reopen these cinemas?

markp on June 20, 2017 at 5:22 am

I highly doubt after 12 years that this place will ever reopen. I was a projectionist here from 1984 till 2005.

optimist008 on June 20, 2017 at 8:49 am

Can they claim this property as some type of tax write off??? If not, why didn’t they sell it off before retail went down hill??

markp on June 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

I keep saying a nice 3 or 4 screen drive-in would be a big hit on this site. It once was a huge drive-in.

davidcoppock on June 21, 2017 at 4:46 am

Whar was the name of the drive-in that was there?

fred1 on June 21, 2017 at 9:37 am

To David Coppock

amboyurbex on June 22, 2017 at 11:36 am

Hey all. I am back. Sorry for the belated response. Sadly this isn’t a site I frequent too much. It appears my photos and story were spread on Facebook, which is fine, but what I didn’t account for was this site seems to show highly detailed and revealing EXIF data. A person I know did find me to give me a heads up. To those who found me, I am not afraid of being found and respect your perseverance, but I would at least like to stay on the down low until that theater is demolished. I would like to add that while I did enter the building, I did so in a respectful way to document and preserve what was left behind.

I decided to delete all the pictures I already posted here so unfortunately your comments are gone. But as an added bonus, I decided to add them again with some more pictures from that day. I am not really a fan of the upload feature of this site and that EXIF thing causes me to double my efforts to share my work, so I may upload a few more shots in the future.

To answer SNdoniB_1999’s question: Sadly there were no posters of movies on the walls. There were ads for food and there was a mural for the upcoming Madagascar painted on the front window. I did not get a photo of that because I didn’t want to shine my flashlight on the widows what with Route 9 and the Parkway being right there. The front windows are boarded up, but a little light does shine through and I would assume my light would be visible to the outside. I honestly felt exposed being in the lobby using my flashlight to light anything really.

It appears the sinkhole is there and I knew of it before going there, but I didn’t see it. It could be I overlooked it or that it was hidden under the concession stand. In any case, I was extra cautious there and spent little time by the concession stand because I was not sure of the nature of the sinkhole. I didn’t want to fall into it if it was bad.

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