Ditmas Theatre

280 State Street,
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

An exterior view of the Ditmas Theatre can be found near the bottom of the page of this 1942 trade journal: boxofficemagazine

lisarimm
lisarimm on February 21, 2011 at 8:00 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

markp
markp on January 11, 2008 at 2:09 am

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.

teecee
teecee on March 5, 2006 at 11:30 pm

Here is a memoir from a local resident who confirms that the Ditmas burned down in 1948:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 6, 2005 at 8:37 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
teecee on July 6, 2005 at 5:35 pm

Still listed in my 1951 FDY.