Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

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

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DanKoz121
DanKoz121 on July 24, 2014 at 2:52 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
sbrisita on July 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

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 luxurypoint.com. 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
markp on January 24, 2014 at 1:15 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
rivest266 on September 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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
fred1 on April 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

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

jkonka
jkonka on April 23, 2013 at 7:07 am

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.

Thanks!

sbrisita
sbrisita on January 22, 2013 at 12:08 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
amboycinemaslover on January 12, 2013 at 1:28 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
markp on December 15, 2012 at 3:10 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
heather72889 on December 15, 2012 at 1:07 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
markp on July 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

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
AdamBomb1701 on July 11, 2012 at 12:23 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
Garth on November 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

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

markp
markp on November 16, 2011 at 5:24 am

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.

jjarema1988
jjarema1988 on October 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

That is so sad….I live 2 minutes away and they really need to fix that place up and open it again we need a multiplex.

markp
markp on October 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm

JonStan, The last time I was in there was a few years back. At that time, some equipment was removed, some screens removed, and some seats removed, but for the most part, and in talking to people who have been in there since, it is still 95% intact. Just rotting away.

jjarema1988
jjarema1988 on October 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Has anyone been inside this theatre lately?? I drive past it everyday and I dont know why but I have this overwhelming urge to see what it looks like inside. was the inside demolished at all or is it all still setup inside just decaying? also when the theatre was in operation what did it look like inside?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Not a bad looking theatre from 1983 photo.Lots of good stories written.Especially from the old theatre dawgs.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Had the Amboy been kept open, it would’ve benefited from digital projection, 3D, but not a liemax screen.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 18, 2008 at 7:50 pm

I was the New Jersey and New York service technician. I would go into Amboy to take equipment and share them with other working theaters. Get this, at certain points in the booth, you can look to the outside because the walls are cracking. In the lobby, the concession stand drops over a foot from one end to the other. The place is sinking! Yikes… The booth was very nice, however, people have broken into it to steal copper wiring.

that is all, sweet dreams…

MovieManBill
MovieManBill on September 18, 2008 at 9:32 pm

I had my first car accident in the parking lot. It was not my fault, but a drunk woman sideswiped the whole side of my car while I sat stationary and she was passing me at 5 MPH. She started scraping along at the front bumber and stopped when she got to the back. I was sitting in the drivers seat gritting my teeth as she slowly SSCCHHEEETTCCCHHHEEEDDDD down the entire length of my car. Then to add insult to injury, the cops arrested her as she struggled to resist being handcuffed on the truck of MY car. It is a memory that I will have with me always.

markp
markp on September 18, 2008 at 6:21 am

Hey MovieManBill, as of today 9/17/08 the building is still standing, however, it is empty and abandoned. Its a shame, because I was one of the projectionists there from 1985 till its closing. I remember those sold out shows. It will be cheaper to tear this one down and build a new one from scratch, but I don’t know if the company is going to do this or not. I work for an independant theatre now, and I am far removed from my Amboys days and the company as well.

MovieManBill
MovieManBill on September 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm

This place was my “go to” theater once I got my drivers license in 1985. I remember going to the sold out opening Friday night midnight showing of Aliens and being impressed with the sound quality of the presentation. I was used to the subpar quality of my local movie house, the Strathmore Twin in Aberdeen, and Amboy was a vast improvement.
I have heard that the Amboy structure has been deemed uninhabitable. The structure was built on partial land-fill on the marshlands of the Raritan River. The ground beneath the foundation of the lobby and concession area had begun to collapse and make the building unstable. I hear that the floor level in the lobby has dropped. I don’t think that there is any chance that the theater will ever reopen. The building would require demolition and major reconstruction.
Does anyone know anything about this?

Vito
Vito on May 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Justin, I have it on good authority that Summner will never die :))
By the way I am very proud of what Shari (not Sharon) has been doing with the theatres. She is very inovative and dedicated to keeping the movie business thriving.
Edgewater is a classic Multipex operation,but the Cinema De lux design is more in line with NA’s future plans. Long Island does have one,but we also have one in White Plains.

Vito
Vito on May 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Garth, we did have plans for a renovation of Amboy back in 1991.
Then came Menlo Park and others, and suddenly the project was killed.
The folks at National Amusements are very good at what they do, the decision not to renovate turned out to be a good one.