Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

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

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markp
markp on September 24, 2016 at 1:44 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.

Ccano
Ccano on September 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Hey man , I’m going to find out through the city what I can find out about it and see when and who I need to talk to. But believe me I don’t mind the stories, it’s all amazing stuff I can learn and know. How did you get that job ?? You’re so blessed mark for that, ugh

markp
markp on September 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

I myself wouldn’t mind seeing what it looks like. I helped install the seats in the original 6 cinemas way back in 1979. And as my wife says, you wouldn’t want to get me started on my stories, lol. You would need a change of clothes cause once I get going, I don’t know when to stop.

Ccano
Ccano on September 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Wow Mark, I really wish I can hear more of your memories/stories. Even so I wouldn’t mind seeing pictures of those 2 cinemas. Don’t worry, you are a great person for working at amboy cinemas and being able to remember what you remember and have those memories. Hopefully I can get in contact with whom ever owns the building or keys to the pad locks and ask if. I can take pictures or videos inside, at no point do I want to vandalize or steal anything, that place is too sacred for me to do that.

markp
markp on September 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Ccano, one of my biggest regrets in my 40 years as a projectionist was not having the foresight to look ahead. I thought all the theatres I worked at would be around forever. Sadly I don’t have any photos of anything Amboys. I have a few of the old Menlo Park Twin Cinema, and the Sayrewoods theatre projection room and that’s it. And I worked in probably 35 or more different theatres over the years. All I have are the memories.

Ccano
Ccano on September 21, 2016 at 7:49 am

Yeah I definitely hear you. Would be amazing and such a nostalgic feeling. It’s hard to see something left alone and un touched. Every single bit of into inside means something. Mark, would you have any pictures of the cinemas, anything of it doesn’t matter. Fuck man I want to go inside it now, someone has to have a key or know a way to be able to go inside with permission

markp
markp on September 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

I keep telling people I would like to see it return to something of its former glory. A 4 screen drive in. People tell me I’m crazy, but hey, why not? 2 large screens towards the river, 2 smaller ones by the old circle. Open it from March till end of October, It would be a gold mine. But that’s just me.

Ccano
Ccano on September 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

‘amboycinemaslover’ said he was there not too long ago when he put a post on Im January of 2013, i would have hoped he Might have pictures or know a way to get in?

Ccano
Ccano on September 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

Wow MarkP, iv been reading your comments for years now. Thanks for writing back means a lot to me. It’s so amazing how you work there for years. I passed by it not too long ago and took pictures. Really wish I can get to know more information about it and everything you know about it. It hurts me a lot to, to see that me condition it is and what its final destination will be. I really wish I can see inside it one last time & see the aspects of it. As dangerous as it could be, it’s something I want to accomplish. I want to be able to tell people I went inside it after so many years and tell them what I saw or show them.

markp
markp on September 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm

I was in there way back in Dec 2006 to remove a screen and sound system for another theatre. The fill under the lobby eroded, possibly due to a leaking sewer line and the floor collapsed. Until the Hazlet Cinemas was taken over by Cinemark, the managers there had the keys and access to the theatre. But for many years now no one has access, and no one has a clue what it looks like. If you drive by you can see the a/c units have been stripped for the copper so I’m sure water is getting in. And the tidal surge from Sandy did reach the rear exit doors for Cinemas 1 & 2. The only thing good for this building is for it to be demolished. And it hurts me to say this as I worked there for over 20 years.

Ccano
Ccano on September 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

I have been reading this site for years and man im amazed for the latest news each time. For the people that know how it looks inside, how do you know that ? what company you work for that allows access into it. Because i would love to go check inside out, no matter what it takes to do so please someone give me info on how i can try to see inside it. Im very big on history and the Cinemas is close dear to me. Please and thank you.

markp
markp on February 23, 2016 at 7:38 am

They are still remediating the land where the theatre and retail will be sitting. They have years of clean up to do from the old national lead plant that was there. And this new theatre will be on the west side of the parkway, as you drive going south. My idea for the drive in where the current theatre sits is between routes 9 and 35, on to the east of the parkway. Could be a real money maker for 9 months of the year.

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on February 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Once Regal cinemas Sayreville stadium 14 opens, Amboy Multiplex 14 will be demolish soon

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 22, 2016 at 3:29 pm

In addition to the one in Paramus that will open soon.

fred1
fred1 on February 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

If you look at the regal cinemas website,under grand openings there a listing for Regal Sayreville 14 & RPX

markp
markp on February 22, 2016 at 4:10 am

Yes. Tear it down and put up a 4 screen drive in.

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on February 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

This movie theater has been closed for 11 years they oughta do something

markp
markp on December 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

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

GaryJS
GaryJS on December 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Why not sue the architects?

markp
markp on October 2, 2015 at 7:39 am

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
markp on October 2, 2015 at 5:19 am

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
sbarber051 on October 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

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

optimist008
optimist008 on September 15, 2015 at 5:07 pm

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

optimist008
optimist008 on September 15, 2015 at 5:49 am

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
misterrick on September 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm

@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.