Carlton Theater

11 N. Main Street,
Pleasantville, NJ 08232

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Carlton Theater

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The Carlton Theater was opened in 1935. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. In the 1950’s many local kids called it the “bug house”. The Carlton Theater was closed in 1955.

Contributed by Herbert Niewender

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 3, 2005 at 7:42 am

Editions of F.D.Y. 1941 and 1943 list the Carlton Theater as being operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 13, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I didn’t know about this one. I think if it was still open in the sixties I would have gone there, or at least heard of it. It looks like it was near the intersection of Main and Washington. Smaller than the Rialto, I think, if you compare the seat counts.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

It was before my time, but the building was still there in the 70’s. It was accross the street a little from the Rialto. I think that it was a liquior store?

gaspenberg
gaspenberg on October 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I went to the Carlton before it closed. They featured low-budget westerns, at least at the kids' matinees. At one point, probably early ‘50’s, they put up a sign saying they were closing for renovations, but never reopened. — There was also a Park Theater in Pleasantville on South Main Street near Frambes Ave, which was converted into a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 13, 2010 at 9:49 am

I guess it was a closed building for a while, with no clue that it was a theater. Too bad I missed that one.

gaspenberg
gaspenberg on May 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Specifically, the Rialto was south of Washington Ave, next to (south) of the Mainland Bank, which was on the corner of Main & Wash. The Carlton was north of Washington on the opposite side of Main St. The liquor store (which is still there) is a couple doors further north.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Right, because directly across from the Rialto is a cemetery that has been there for as long as I can remember.

gaspenberg
gaspenberg on May 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Sorry Ken. The Rialto was on Main Street. The cemeteries are several blocks west out Washington Ave. I still get down to P'ville regularly to visit family.

mikehorton
mikehorton on September 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I left P'Ville in 1958 and the Carlton had been closed for several years by then. We kids used to use the old projection room as a hangout.

brooklynfilm
brooklynfilm on February 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Great photo! As late as 2001 or so it was a photo studio, with original ceiling and offices above the box office area.

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