129 E. State Street,
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Opened as the Orpheum Theater in 1922.
MikeH’s post from the Trenton Strand covers most of the Mayfair’s history:
“Associated had two downtown theatres. The "A” house was the Mayfair which was located on State Street between Broad and Hanover. It also had a large store on State St. which was a rental property. For most of my memory it was a 5 and dime store with a lunch counter. Later it became one of the chain drug stores like Rite-Aid or something similar. The theatre was a beautiful little band-box of about 1,000 seats, huge by today’s standards but smaller than average for a first-run in the 1950’s. Dad bought it from the Mayfair Theatre Corp. of New York who originally operated the theatre as the Orpheum but changed the name to Mayfair Theater. They were located in the Mayfair theatre at 47th St. and 7th Avenue on Times Square which they later sold to Walter Reade and he called it the DeMille.
Last I saw it it had been cut up into about 5 little theatres. The Mayfair Theater in Trenton was a first-run house and played all the Fox films, half of the Warner films and some of Disney. As Trenton went down hill, especially after the riots in the 1960’s when Martin Luther King was assasinated, so went the Mayfair. Downtown was no longer a destination point for the average movie-goer and all of the downtown theatres closed except the Mayfair which made a living as a black exploitation house. It was eventually bought by a Philadelphia circuit called Budco (I was working for them at the time) until we gave it back. My brother operated it for a few years and finally closed it. It sat idle for a few years until one morning the roof collapsed. Of course it was then torn down".
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