Regent Theatre

39 Broad Street,
Elizabeth, NJ 07202

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By 1941, the Regent Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

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teecee on June 8, 2005 at 7:01 am

This building is also located on a historic site:

“The SITE OF SHEPARD KOLLOCK’S PRINTING OFFICE, 39 Broad St., is now occupied by the Regent Theater Building. It was here that Shepard Kollock, an ink-stained Revolutionist, lived and printed one of New Jersey’s first newspapers, the New Jersey journal, still being published as the Elizabeth Daily Journal.
Kollock was born in Delaware in 1751 and learned the printing business in the office of his uncle, William Goddard, editor of the Pennsylvania Chronicle. He resigned from the Continental Army for the more vital task of combating the Tory press of New York City. Kollock printed his first issues in 1779 in Chatham, N. J. In 1785 he moved to Elizabeth and built a combined home, printing office, and bookstore. When he died in 1839 he was buried across the street in the Presbyterian cemetery.”

moviesmovies on June 16, 2005 at 8:40 pm

it was showing movies in the ‘60s and pretty sure at least some part of the '70s.
i saw 'the graduate’, ‘the arrangement’, ‘three into two won’t go’,
‘krakatoa, east of java’ ‘sweet charity’, ‘the night they raided minsky’s’ and ‘the happy ending’ here.

teecee on July 5, 2005 at 5:26 am

A Griffith-Beach organ was installed in this theater in 1923.

teecee on July 28, 2005 at 3:31 am

Listed as a RKO-Stanley Warner theater in March 1969 when it showed 2001 (courtesy of Bill Huelbig):
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markp on January 10, 2008 at 9:19 pm

This theatre, as well as the Ritz around the corner on East Jersey Street, were part of the RKO Stanley Warner corporation, playing mostly action/kung-fu movies up until they ceased operations in the early 1980’s.

bigmoviefan on January 31, 2009 at 5:28 pm

I worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital for several years in the 1970s and I passed by the Regent and Fine Arts everyday. Of course by then, the Fine Arts was a clothing store and the Regent had closed and then re-opened. In addition to the Kung-Fu films mentioned above, I also remember seeing the marquee state rather dramatically, that “Joe Don Baker Is Walking Tall!!”. Seems kind of funny now. I also recall that once in the early 60s, my mother, brother and I went to see The Tingler at the Fine Arts. I believe Psycho was playing next door at the Regent and my mother said no to that one!

kencmcintyre on April 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm

This site has a 1973 photo. Not sure if the adjacent business with the marquee was a former theater:

TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Nice photos again Chuck.

spectrum on December 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm

The adjacent building with a marquee mentioned above was not a theatre unless it had a VERY long lobby going all the way behing the Liberty Theatre to available space back there.

I wonder iof there’s any chance any of the Liberty Auditorium survives behind retail modofications. There are no windows cut into the sidwall of the auditorium.

spectrum on December 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Sorry, my comment above should have referred to the Regent theatre, NOT the liberty theatre.

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