Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

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

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SNdoniB_1999 on April 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

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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 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 !!!!!!

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 ?

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 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. 😊

Ccano on October 13, 2016 at 11:13 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

markp on October 13, 2016 at 2:53 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 on October 13, 2016 at 9:16 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 on October 13, 2016 at 8:53 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 on October 12, 2016 at 5:28 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 on October 12, 2016 at 4:27 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 on October 12, 2016 at 10:49 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 ?

Paul on October 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

I grew up in Woodbridge Twp. and, to me at least, this was the first multiplex I remember in the area. No disrespect to Sayreville, South Amboy, etc., but this seemed to be the only time we went south of the Raritan River.

I saw many movies here; the experience that comes to mind is when me and my friends saw one of the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels and, out of nowhere, theater staff came in during the movie, removed us from our seats, and asked for our tickets stubs in the lobby. We actually hadn’t snuck in so we were able to show them. Someone must’ve complained about us.

I haven’t had a chance to read all the comments yet, but I’m sure someone mentioned Razz-ma-tazz, the always packed arcade next door.

When Loews in New Brunswick opened in 1996 (on the site of the late, great U.S. 1 Flea Market), I thought this place was gonna suffer a quick death, but admittedly, I was wrong and this held on way longer than I expected.

Now the derelict building remains, but I’m sure it’ll be razed in time. R.I.P., Amboy Cinemas. Thanks for the memories.

markp on September 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Ccano, at the time I got in, Dec 2008, the theatre was still under the ownership (and probably still is) of National Amusements. They also owned the Hazlet Multiplex. When the above mentioned stuff was removed, managers from Hazlet had keys and access to the building. When Hazlet was sold to Rave, then Cinemark, the NA managers were either let go or transferred or continued to work there but access to Amboys was gone. And as far as safety, I would bet that if water is pouring in thru the a/c units the ceiling must be collapsing. I watched the original 6 being built, and helped to install the seats and some projection equipment way back in 1979. I think as you mentioned before, either the city or the realtor listed on the marquee would know how to gain access. I myself am curious what it must look like.

Ccano on September 30, 2016 at 10:52 am

SNdoniB_1999 I feel the same exact way!!! – now my question for MarkP is how were you able to get in? Who gave you the access to go inside. That’s what I’m trying to figure out, someone here knows an access to go inside ??? Man I just want to look all around it. Record it, take pictures and let people know in new jersey it’s remains. Honestly, safety I’m not worried about it, I just want to be inside. Ofcourse well covered by cloths and masks. I just love that stuff and wanna do it.

SNdoniB_1999 on September 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

@markp Well thanks for the input at least I know that someone got a chance to see it.

markp on September 30, 2016 at 9:48 am

SNdoniB_1999, all I can tell you about the inside from the last time I was in there, Dec 2008, was at that time, 3 years after closing, there was already a strong musty smell in the theatres. The screens in theatres 8 and 14 were removed and taken to another theater. The projection room had several projectors confiscated for parts for other theatres. The sinkhole in the lobby was still there. The screen in cinema 10 has a piece cut out of it. Since then, if you drive by you can see that the a/c units have been destroyed by vandels stealing the copper, as well as the projection exhaust fans. I’m sure the place must be full of water and mold. Also the tidal surge from Sandy reached all the way up to the exit doors for cinemas 1 & 2. I don’t know if this will help you at all, but that’s about it.

HowardBHaas on September 30, 2016 at 6:44 am

And, that’s why we try to photograph even relatively plain looking multiplexes, for history’s sake! Not been here, but I do my bit elsewhere. Thank you!

SNdoniB_1999 on September 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Does anyone know where I can find some photos of this place but from the INSIDE ?!?!?!? I have been fascinated when this place since I was a young boy and that was back when it first closed, every time my family and I go to NJ to visit my grandma we always pass by this theater. My mom used to see many films during it’s hay day. All I want to do is to what the inside looks like so can someone please help me so I can solve this mystery that has lasted for so many years PLEASE ?!?!?

markp on September 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Ccano my father was a union projectionist for 55 years before retiring in Dec 1992. He passed in Oct 93. My uncle was a projectionist for 52 years passing in 1991. I knew all the projectionists in the union and visited almost all the theatres, some of which, including Amboys I ended up working in. I started to apprentice in summer 1976. The rest is history. I can remember almost all the theatres and dates I worked. Many are overlapped, meaning I may have worked more than one job a week. That was the case thru the 80’s when I worked days at the Sayrewoods adult theatre by day (which is on here and I posted a photo of that projection room) and nights at Amboys, Menlo Park or Woodbridge.