Garden Theater

204 Market Street,
Paterson, NJ 07505

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The Garden Theater was opened November 6, 1916 by Max Gold. It had 1,347 seats. It was later sold to Jacob Fabian. By 1941 the Garden Theater was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. Still operating per the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook.

Any additional information on this theater would be greatly appreciated.

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teecee
teecee on July 5, 2005 at 3:01 am

An Estey organ, opus 1485, was installed in this theater in 1916.

teecee
teecee on July 25, 2005 at 10:14 am

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type “Market Street Paterson” in the search box.

Caption:
View down Market St., Paterson, New Jersey, late 1937 Visible businesses include the Mahattan Hotel, the Hotel Alexander Hamilton, Bickford’s, and the Garden Theatre. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I must have bad eyes because I can’t see the theater.

teecee
teecee on July 26, 2005 at 8:37 am

Looks like it was an adult theater in 1967 (posting courtesy of Bill Huelbig):
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tonyn
tonyn on February 11, 2006 at 2:02 am

Does anyone have a picture of the Garden?

teecee
teecee on April 6, 2007 at 11:56 am

On page 67 of Images of America: Downtown Paterson there is a close up photo of the crowd in 1919 waiting to see “Passion” starring Pola Negri. Not a good view of the theatre. Caption states that theatre was built in 1915 and was demolished to make room for Hamilton Plaza.

larry
larry on August 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

The status of this theater should be “demolished” Happened many years ago

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

RichardDav
RichardDav on October 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I have a photo of the Garden Theatre from 1961. The marquee shows “The Longest Day starring John Wayne” Email me at and I’d be happy to send it toanyone.

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