State Theater

510 Elizabeth Avenue,
Elizabeth, NJ 07206

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Listed in the 1951 FDY, this theater became Spencer Auto Parts in 1965. The business continues today at that location.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2005 at 2:25 pm

A 1952 photo of the State Theater in Elizabeth can be seen and purchased here.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:54 am

Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook. Listing is as the “New State”.

Listed in the 1944 FDY.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 9, 2008 at 7:12 am

The State made headlines in March, 1930, when it attemtpted to show the birth control movie, “No More Children.” Here’s a report from The New York Times datelined Elizabeth, N.J., March 21: “The police dispersed a crowd of 300, mostly women and girls, in front of the State Theatre here this afternoon and prohibited the management from showing ‘No More Children,’ a birth control picture. City attorney James R. Nugent served notice on the management several hours before the picture was scheduled to be shown that the police patrol would be called and arrests made if the picture was presented. About an hour before the doors were scheduled to open, a large crowd gathered in front of the theatre. The police, dispersing the crowd, told prospective patrons that the picture would not be shown. A police detail was then stationed at the theatre. The management announced that an injunction would be sought to restrain the police from interfering with the showing of the picture.” The NYT did not carry any further reports, so I don’t know if that happened or succeeded.

spectrum
spectrum on December 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

No indication of an auto parts store there now. The front has been renovated and modernized. Looks like it is now a multilevel parking garage. There are windows cut into a side wall so I assume the interior was gutted during the conversion.

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