Greenwood Theater

1054 Greenwood Avenue,
Trenton, NJ 08609

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Gerri23 on February 23, 2014 at 10:58 pm

My first job was a part time ticket seller in the 60s. I was in high school and worked on weekends. Lived about half a block away on Greenwood Avenue and could see the marques from my bedroom window. It was a great place.

realgone222 on July 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

So sad when you think of what Trenton has become. All of the life and cultural vitality is gone.

tombumbera on August 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

My condolences to you, Mrs. Levy. As a child, I too spent many happy hours at the Greenwood with my movie crazy older sister Pat. I vividly remember standing in line to see “A Hard Day’s Night” in 1964 and the chorus of screams that provided an additional soundtrack! I also recall some classy roadshow-style presentations of late-60s films like “Star,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Ryan’s Daughter” as well as many Saturday “kiddie” matinees.My sister tells me that prior to my birth in 1955, Mr. Levy lived on our street, Gardner Avenue, but apparently moved before I came along.

NancyLevy on June 9, 2012 at 7:36 am

I am sad to inform you that Edgar Levy died 6/3/12. I spent so many happy hours at theGreenwood Theater. Edgar and I were married for 49 years. He loved the movie business. We closed the theater in 1968, the same year our 2nd daughter was born.

paul261226 on December 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

listed as closed but also demolished

rivest266 on October 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

This opened on February 6th, 1926. Ad added in the photo section.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 18, 2006 at 11:36 am

I made some typos on the above post. I showed Five Easy Pieces in 1970, not 71. Also 35mm film not 33.sorry

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 18, 2006 at 11:32 am

I remember showing “Five Easy Pieces” at the Greenwood in late November, 1971. We show Italian language films on Tuesday nights, and the joint was packed! The Main projectionist’s were Artur Fenton & John Friel. They trained me to replace Mr. Fenton who was very old. The small booth sat in front of the split balcony. It was about a 9x9' room. The equipment consisted of a pair of Super Simplex 33mm projectors, Strong Cinearc (Peerless Magnarcs – not McAuley)Simplex XL sound heads & XL magnetic penthouses. We showed “My fair Lady” and the stereo worked! They could bring back older movies in the days before vcr’s. The theatre had been tatsefully modernized in the early sixties, I believe by Henry-Levy, not “THE FRANKS”. The carpets were red,black, & yellow in small, squre geomectric shapes. The marquee was flat above the entrance doors. the a small roof with light bulbs hung over the marquee & entrance. It said Greenwood on the front, with individual bulbs. The screen was curved and the curtains worked. The lobby was narrow because the rest rooms were on either side. As you entered the auditorium, the narrow balcony steps were to the left, torwards the screen not the back wall. You would go up the steps with a wooden railing and find a small hall or walk way behind the booth. There were seats on both sides. The balcony curved out a little on each side of the booth. The was almost zero keystone angle on the 31' wide screen? That number is stuck in my head , but it might be wrong. In 1973, “THE FRANKS” leased thre Greenwood & the Circus Drive-in to some fly-by-night-guy. I worked for the guy a few times and he was showing XXX. The place was getting run down.

teecee on May 29, 2006 at 12:57 pm

Listed on page 1072 of the 1936 Trenton City Directory under “Theatres and Moving Picture Houses”. Address is given as 1060 Greenwood Avenue.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 2:27 am

Listed in the 1970 Film Daily Yearbook (FDY) as part of Frank Theatres, Inc. Also listed as operating in the 1944 FDY.

hondo59 on November 4, 2005 at 6:44 am

The Greenwood was a luxurious neighborhood house located on Greenwood Avenue several blocks from the Gaiety/Olden. It ran continuously until about 1980 (I will check) when it was shuttered and left to deteriorate until it became unstable. It was razed and replaced by a small condo complex.
The theater featured a small balcony and the building itself was set back about 25 feet from Greenwood Avenue. The cross street is Cuyler Avenue. I removed a seat and the “Greenwood” mat from the foyer during the demolition (c. 1990). I attempted to save the signage but the front wall collapsed unexpectedly onto the marquee during demolition.

RickB on June 17, 2005 at 1:11 am

Can be made Closed/Demolished; no trace of a theater in this block. There’s a newish-looking residential duplex numbered 1056 that is probably occupying the theater site.