Empire Theater

Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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Obscure and short lived theater from the early 1920s.

Excerpt from a 2000 interview with Daniel Dorn, whose father was a projectionist at the theater:

“You wouldn’t remember the Empire. The Empire was a theater right across from the Savings and Loan place on Monmouth Street; it was this little one story thing, and it was a moving picture theater and vaudeville. He started in the Strand Theater, but then they got him to move to the Empire and operate the projectors and the spotlight there for the stage performances, the vaudeville. The theater had a flat roof, and right along side of the theater was a Sears Roebuck, which had a sharp angled roof. They had about eighteen inches of snow one night, and it was a wet snow, so it clung to the roof. When it thawed, it slid onto the theater and brought the whole thing down. So that was the end of that!”

Contributed by tc

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 6, 2005 at 4:53 pm

The Emprire Theatre, Red Bank, NJ is listed in the 1914/15 edition of American Motion Picture Directory (no street or full address is given). The Lyric and the Majestic are listed as the other two theatres in town at that time

teecee
teecee on April 12, 2008 at 9:15 am

Open from at least 1913. Managed by M.E. McNulty, known locally as Mr. Barnum of Red Bank. In addition to showing moving pictures, his vaudeville shows at the Empire featured dancers, magicians and animals. The roof collapsed in January 1920 from heavy snow. The building was ruined and never reopened.

source: Stars of the New Jersey Shore, page 110

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