Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

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

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Stilllovethemovies712 on May 28, 2018 at 7:42 am

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-thru 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.

markp on May 27, 2018 at 2:57 am

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 May 26, 2018 at 6:46 am

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.

sbarber0206 on May 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

are they going to open soon

SNdoniB_1999 on December 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm

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

moviebuff82 on December 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm

Any word on regal opening there?

amboyurbex on December 6, 2017 at 8:39 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 July 19, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Are there any film reels damaged?

Ccano on July 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm

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

markp on July 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm

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

SNdoniB_1999 on July 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

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

moviebuff82 on July 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm

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.

markp on July 12, 2017 at 10:58 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

xantny84x on July 12, 2017 at 8:02 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.

Seattleprojectionist on July 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm

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.

moviebuff82 on July 3, 2017 at 11:54 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.

markp on July 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

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.

Seattleprojectionist on July 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm

Capitol Motion Picture Supply, NYC. I remember them well. I worked for GCC for about 15 years in Seattle. We never had any National Amusements houses here. I’m still lucky enough to be working in an IATSE Union booth (frequently running 35 or 70mm) most of the time, as a Union stagehand the rest.

markp on July 1, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Seattleprojectionist, no it was always a National Amusements from day one. But the fact that both GCC and NA home offices were close to each other in Boston, they used the same supplier for many things. It made it easy for me as I worked as a projectionist in 2 GCC theatres for over 10 years and this place for 21 years.

Seattleprojectionist on July 1, 2017 at 1:32 am

amboyurbex: kudos on the pictures. And a question for markp: was this ever a GCC house? The fantastic pictures showing the Century projectors/soundheads, Christie consoles and platters, along with what I think is a Rank Cinemation Mark III and a Lehigh dimmer all makes me think of the older General Cinema booths.

markp on June 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm

amboyurbex, I give you a ton of credit for going in there and getting photos. The air must be foul. I was in there in late 2008 to get screens and sound equipment out and the air was stale then. And rumor has it cinema 1 and 2 flooded during Sandy when the Raritan River swelled. You brought back a flood of memories for me when I saw those projection room photos. Spent 21 years working there.

amboyurbex on June 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

markp, I looked into the concession stand and did not see any sinkhole. There were mostly cracks on the floor. It must have been primarily under the cabinets. I am certain under the floor tiles and debris, the sinkhole is more prominent, but I wasn’t willing to risk my safety any more than being in that building alone in the dark to test fate.

davidcoppock, other than the concession stand and water damage in the ceiling, the building was mostly okay looking. I’m sure for just one or two people, it was okay, but I wouldn’t expect daily crowds of moviegoers to go there like they once did. I took every step as if I was walking on glass (especially upstairs) and made no sudden moves. I’m sure I didn’t have to be that careful, but I’m not a structural engineer and didn’t want to find a hole in the floor the hard way.

davidcoppock on June 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Is the cinemas building in any danger of colapsing?

markp on June 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

The sinkhole is in the center of the concession area in the area where the attendants would have served you and where all the storage cabinets in the middle area was.

amboyurbex on June 22, 2017 at 4:36 pm

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.