Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

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

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markp on December 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Theatre was built on fill in 1979. Time to sue had long passed by.

GaryJS on December 26, 2015 at 7:27 am

Why not sue the architects?

markp on October 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Just to clarify, it was a collapsed floor in the lobby, not a ceiling. And there was no planned theatre nearby in 2005 when this happened.

markp on October 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

I havent been by it in a few months, but there is a For Sale sign on the marquees. I have said many times this is the perfect sight for a 4 screen drive in.

sbarber051 on October 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

If anyone knows how I can get in touch with the owners of this property please send me an email at thank you

optimist008 on September 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

P.S- Although they still pay full property taxes, maybe there is another tax deduction for vacant commercial property???

optimist008 on September 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

So, the ceiling caved in and they decided to totally abandon this theater??? Or maybe was the coming of Regal nearby more of what influenced their decision to not re open??? They own the property so why not re open the theater until Regal opens up instead of earning no money and paying real estate taxes??? Same situation with the Whitestone, Bronx location. Vacant for three years and the planned outlet mall is still not open…but supposedly the NYC Health Dept clsoed them down to due rodent infestation during one of the last major storms that pushed rats inside from the creek behind the theater..

misterrick on September 15, 2015 at 5:06 am

@jkonka to answer your question according to the Borough of Sayerville Tax Collector’s online records the property in question continues to be owned by National Amusements out of Dedham, MA. They are also the majority owner of cable network operator Viacom and U.S. radio and television broadcaster CBS Corporation.

Interestingly, even though the theater has been closed for quite sometime and the property seemingly abandoned they are still on the hook for property taxes which currently is $139,410.00 per year which means that for the past 10 years they have spent approximately $1,394,100.00 in property taxes for a dead business.

amcbayplaza13 on September 15, 2014 at 4:03 am

Since the new Regal Amboy 14 open in 2015 I still gonna remember Amboy Multiplex I really gonna miss this theater

amcbayplaza13 on September 15, 2014 at 3:50 am

I hate to see this theater is gonna be demolish I should let the AMC brought this theater in 5 years but no my family make me move back to NYC to watch the Amboy Multiplex Cinemas to demolish .I remember my grandma to take me and my girlfriend to this theater to see mouse hunt 1997 bring back memberies and when I turned 15 I stopped by this theater to take pictures of the theater and I drew a picture of this theaters

Bobbysox on September 15, 2014 at 12:47 am

I remember seeing Saving Private Ryan at Amboy Cinema. February 1999.

DanKoz121 on July 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

It makes me sad to see that the location is going to be demo’d. I have a lot of memories of that theater from when I was growing up and always wished I had the funding to try to reopen it.

sbrisita on July 16, 2014 at 4:55 am

Recently I’ve seen a few service vans around the perimeter of the parking lot; I had hoped it was an attempt to maintain the site, but as I was searching I stumbled upon I was in review of their site map and from the looks of it, the Amboy Multiplex Cinemas may not be here much longer. It is whited out of the map among the rest of the redevelopment and since regal cinemas is going to build a theater in the redevelopment area, it would seem that the multiplex would not be reused. Demolition seems to be inevitable.

That being said I would like to know if anyone would know of any way to take photos of the interior/exterior (with permission) or if anyone would happen to have more photos available. Also if I have my facts wrong please correct me. I truly do love this theater.

markp on January 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Drove by this place today on the way home from Red Bank. Interesting to see that someone is now vandalizing the roof top a/c units, just like what happened late in 2013 at the All Jersey Multiplex in Newark. You could also see numerous tire tracks in the snow in the unplowed parking lot. Copper must be paying a lot these days I guess.

rivest266 on September 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

There was a full page article in the NY Times from December 13th, 1991. “Plants are wilted, floor is a bed of spilled popcorn” Admission $6.50, Medium popcorn $2.75

fred1 on April 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

If there not a way to contact at the property #,you can inquire at any comm.real estate company.

jkonka on April 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Who owns this property?

Can anyone provide me with contact info?

I have an idea to revitalize this location for moviegoers.

Please post that information.


sbrisita on January 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

So I’m very curious about the current plans, if any exist for the future of the cinema. I’m currently a historic preservation student in Philadelphia but I’ve lived in Perth Amboy my entire life and I can remember going to the theater all the time. Maybe there can be an effort to preserve this building before they decide to completely do away with it. Any thoughts?

amboycinemaslover on January 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm
  1. I’ve been in the building within the past month. There’s a minor sinkhole in the lobby that hasn’t changed much at all since it’s closing.
  2. The building is still packed with stuff (seats, screens, etc.) And the only major problem is vandalists that broke in.
  3. The building is NOT (repeat: NOT) condemned. There’s a padlock on the front door that maintnance still goes into regularly.
  4. There is an ultimate tribute blog that started up recently. You can find it by just looking up Amboy Cinemas Blog on google (It’s the only one).

Hope this helps!

markp on December 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Yes heather, there is a sinkhole in the lobby in the area of the concession stand. Last time I was in there was in 2006.

heather72889 on December 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm

i heard there was a sinkhole in the middle of it which is why its shut down i would LOVE to see what it looks like inside…

markp on July 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I have always said a nice 4 screen drive-in would look mighty nice on this spot. 2 larger screens by the river, 2 smaller ones by the old circle. Bet it would be a gold mine. Open it up from say early April till maybe Halloween.

AdamBomb1701 on July 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I was driving on Route 9 toward Old Bridge last week, and I made it a point to eyeball the Amboy Cinema, to see just what’s happening. The theater is still standing, but there’s a “For Sale” sign on the outside. I wonder who would buy it? Maybe a developer, but what would they build there?

Garth on November 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

markp is the theatre still standing? I thought it had to be demolished because the ground it was built on was unstable.

markp on November 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Drove by the theatre yesterday on my way to the Count Basie Theatre. There is a “For Sale, 20+ acres” sign on the boarded up marquee. I guess thats truly the end for this theatre. Wouldnt a nice 4 screen drive-in look good over there? Just sayin.