Park Theater

96th Street,
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

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Park Theatre ... Stone Harbor New Jersey

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Listed in the 1951 edition of Film Daily Yearbook as a seasonal theater. In 1952, it hosted the first meeting of the Realty Owners Association of Stone Harbor. This theater closed in the 1980’s and is now used for retail.

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teecee on March 2, 2006 at 1:32 am

Listed as part of Hunt’s Theatres, Inc. in the 1970 FDY & 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac. Also listed in the 1944 FDY.

teecee on July 1, 2006 at 4:19 am

Built in 1922 by Jack Greenberg. Originally named Parkway Theatre. Remodeled by Greenberg in 1936 and renamed Park Theatre.

eborger on August 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I worked at the Park Theater at the age of 13 under “Bud” Gross in 1965 for 50 cents an hour. The theater was advertised as being “Cooled with Washed Air”. The Air conditioning system consisted of a large platform with a huge cube of ice on it with a huge fan blowing against it. I saw “Father Goose” 14 times!

RickG on September 21, 2010 at 11:54 am

Arthur ‘Bud’ Gross managed the Harbor Theater and oversaw the operation of the Park Theater which had its own manager. In 1965 I was the Manager of the Park. By the time the 1966 season rolled around I was about to drafted and joined the Air Force as a better option. The Park was a single screen theater with a lobby that ran the width of the theater but was only about 4 feet deep with 4 vending machines along the interior wall. If a patron wanted popcorn they had to walk down two doors to the Harbor Theater and buy it. The ‘Air Cooled’ system did not have an huge ice cube – it was a system similar to a shower where the top of the system was a pipe with holes. The water flowed past the fan and into a pan at the bottom and was then recirculated over and over again. It was a mess to clean and set up every Spring prior to opening for the season. The theater opened several weeks before Memorial Day and remained open until one or two weeks after Labor Day, depending on business. The staff pretty much consisted of around 5 people: the Manager, the cashier (Suzanne Bowman – the daughter of the cashier at the Harbor), Mark (I want to say Young), who was the Head Usher AND janitor, Charlie (projection) and a rotating usher from the Harbor. I did the rotating in 1964 before being offered the Park managerial job in ‘65. I recall Teddy Salvenson being one of those in '65. Charlie moved into the booth every Summer because his Mother used to rent out his room to tourists during the season. The booth had two rooms – the one with the 2 projectors and a smaller room by the exterior door where Charlie brought in a refrigerator and a cot every year. The only way to reach the office or the booth was via steps on the sides of the building. The office was small and dingy with a window overlooking the auditorium and a desk and chair. There was a window next to the exterior door but not much light came through it as the west side of the theater was next to Hahn’s Restaurant and that building blocked much of the Sunlight. To go from the office to the booth it was necessary to go down the steps on one side of the building, pass the front of the theater and use the steps on the other side. I don’t recall that Mr. Gross (I never called him 'Bud’) ever hired a 13 year old, although 15 is a possibility. Every Fall a huge sheet of plastic had to be hung over the screen to protect it over the Winter. The only way to do this was walk above the drop ceiling to reach the screen. At the start of the ‘65 season I fell through two of the ceiling tiles but only hurt my dignity when I straddled part of the ceiling support system. I don’t believe those two tiles were ever replaced. I let Mark finish taking down the plastic that year. For my 8 AM (opening the door for the cleaners) to midnight shift (7 days a week) I earned the massive salary of $75 per week. I was able to get the day off for my birthday. It rained that night and we were supposed to work on rainy days. At the suggestion of Miss Ferrari (the cashier at the Harbor) I went to the Wildwood boardwalk instead. Who would believe that 26 years later I would return to theater life and have been doing it ever since then?

Mikeoaklandpark on September 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

All I know is the Franks got their hands on it and ruined it like everything else they touch.

RickG on September 23, 2010 at 6:49 am

And now they are trying to sell the Harbor for 2.5 million and the shopping center next door for 5.

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