Rialto Theatre

112 S. Broad Street,
Woodbury, NJ 08096

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Open since at least 1920 when a Kimball organ was installed, this theatre made the New York Times on 2/17/1932 when the local police record sentenced three schoolboys, charged with having broken the lock of the theatre’s exit door to see a movie, to receive ten lashes each and pay a $5 fine. The officer then descended from the bench and administered the flogging himself with a borrowed strap.

The theatre is still listed in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook.

The building was converted into housing for the elderly in 2013.

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teecee on August 5, 2006 at 5:03 pm

Here is the link to the original article & photo, don’t know how long it will be active:
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teecee on August 5, 2006 at 5:07 pm

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
NEW JERSEY, GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Green’s, G.G., Block, 108 S. Broad St., Woodbury, 01000769, LISTED, 7/25/01

teecee on August 6, 2006 at 10:01 am

1907 postcard of the Opera House:
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kencmcintyre on August 18, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Here is an expanded version of one the 8/7/05 photos, from the Irvin Glazer theater collection:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 19, 2009 at 4:09 am

Isn’t that photo copyrighted?

RickB on September 4, 2011 at 5:15 am

Minor damage from last month’s earthquake leads to questions about building’s condition, talk of possible demolition. Philadelphia Inquirer column here.

HowardBHaas on September 4, 2011 at 7:47 am

One paragraph from today’s Inquirer story: A remnant of an era when Broad Street was the downtown for much of Gloucester County, the Green Block includes a second-floor opera house that later became a 1,100-seat movie theater called the Rialto. The last picture show was in 1955, and Fashion Bug, the most recent store to inhabit the ground floor, closed in 2000.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on October 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Theatre will be converted to age-restricted housing.


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