Carteret Twin Cinema

762 Roosevelt Avenue,
Carteret, NJ 07008

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This theatre opened on June 7, 1972 as the twin Jerry Lewis Cinemas, in the Carteret Shopping Center. Each house seated 300 people. Projection was dual projectors with 6000 foot reels.

This theatre, when first opened, was a great weekend matinee popcorn house. Each auditorium would be packed with kids. The theatre did great business for the first few years, but fell into disrepair.

A sale of the theatre in 1982, and name change to the town’s name did little to help, and the theatre closed for good after the summer of 1984. Today the building is occupied by a Dollar Plus and a Payless Shoe Source.

Contributed by Mark Pusillo, RobertR

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JackS124
JackS124 on December 27, 2005 at 7:38 pm

Just a correction the the decription – the Jerry Lewis Cinema in Carteret was a twin cinema from the outset. It was located in the Carteret Shopping Center on Roosevelt Ave.

As kid growing up in Port Reading, I spent many a weekend at the Jerry Lewis in Carteret. It never was a first run house, but if I recall correctly, always seemed to get pictures after they went through their initial run.

For a time, in the 70’s, the Jerry Lewis also used to run double-features of re-released films. I think my first viewing of some of the old Bond films were at the Jerry Lewis. They’d have things like a double-feature of Thunderball/On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and the like. It also used to show a lot of the B-movie type horror films of the day. To this day, I can still remember seeing “The Devil’s Rain” with Ernest Borgnine and Ida Lupino at the JL or films like “Chariots of the Gods”.

The Jerry Lewis was never what you’d call a luxurious theater. In fact it was kind of spartan inside, with pleated cloth curtains that covered cinder block walls. I don’t know if a change of ownership took place at some point, but towards the early 80’s, the theater became very rundown inside and eventually closed. I believe the building was later converted to retail stores in the Shopping Center.

markp
markp on January 9, 2008 at 10:50 pm

The Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema opened on June 6, 1972. Opening feature in Cinema 1 was “The Hospital”, Cinema 2 had a Disney Double feature. My dad Joe Pusillo was the opening day projectionist, and worked there until the theatre closed in 1984. The theatre did indeed show many a double feature, or twin bill as they used to call it. Some of my favorites were “The French Connection” & “MAS*H”, “Bullitt” & “Bonnie and Clyde”, and “Carnal Knowledge” & “The Graduate” I would go every weekend with dad to see the movies, up to the time I myself became a projectionist in 1977. The building today is a Dollar Dream and Payless Shoe Store.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Thanks movie 534 for a good story,but i bet you could add a lot more.in other words, write.I enjoy the stories written by theatre people that worked a movie theatre not some blasted 20 plex.

markp
markp on March 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I have read many of your comments elsewhere MikeRodgers. You and I are truely a blast from the past. Even after all these years I still miss this place. (and all the others I worked at)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Yeah, it amazing what the theatre business does to people.I don’t think there is a BURGER KING TREASURES,LOL.

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