Ditmas Theatre

280 State Street,
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

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Ditmas Theatre

Opened on February 23, 1914, the Ditmas Theatre destroyed by fire on April 1, 1951

Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated

Contributed by KenRoe

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teecee on July 6, 2005 at 9:35 am

Still listed in my 1951 FDY.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 6, 2005 at 12:37 pm

Apparently the Ditmas Theatre burnt down in the late 1940’s. Could be that the owners didn’t notify the listers on F.D.Y. straight away.

teecee on March 5, 2006 at 3:30 pm

Here is a memoir from a local resident who confirms that the Ditmas burned down in 1948:
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markp on January 10, 2008 at 6:09 pm

My father Joe Pusillo was a projectionist for years at many of the downtown Perth Amboy theatres, including the Majestic and Royal. He mentioned the Ditmas to me, as I recall he worked there briefly after returning from WWII. As a side note, I was the last projectionist to work at the Royal when it closed in August 1988.

lisarimm on February 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

My grandfather, Carl DeMarco, was an organist at the Ditmas back in the teens and 20’s as far as I know. He noted it as his occupation on his WWI draft registration card, although he referred to it as the “Miller-Ditmas Theater”. He also played other instruments at various theaters, and later opened a music store in Perth Amboy. Thank you, Lost Memory, for the information on the book. It was nice to see a picture of the actual theater. Here is a link to the draft card on Ancestry.com View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

The January 1, 1916 issue of The Moving Picture World featured a brief article about the Ditmas Theatre (an exterior view of which is therewith produced.)

The August 30, 1913, issue of The American Contractor said that the Ditmas Theatre had been designed by the local architectural firm of J. N. Pierson & Son. The theater was to be a combination moving picture and vaudeville house. Construction bids were being taken.

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