Cameo Theatre

117 Broadway,
Newburgh, NY 12550

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CAMEO (r) and RITZ Theatres; Newburgh, New York.

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The Royal Theatre shared a block of Broadway with the Ritz Theatre and Broadway Theatre, and was the middle of the three. Like the Ritz Theatre, its lobby cut through the Hotel Newburgh. Later renamed Cameo Theatre, as far as I know, the Cameo Theatre was always a subsequent-run house, with double-feature programs changing several times per week. Its space was eventually taken over for the expansion of an adjacent Sears & Roebuck store.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on October 12, 2005 at 12:44 pm

The Cameo is not demolished. A video store is in the space where it’s lobby used to be. i’m not sure what occupies the space that Sears took over.

It was also known as the Royal Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 12, 2005 at 1:45 pm

A Robert-Morton organ Size 2/3 Style 49 was installed in the Cameo Theater in 1927.

BobWilson
BobWilson on May 7, 2006 at 2:36 pm

The 1940’s Cameo was the second-rate second-run, low-ticket-price theatre in Newburgh, trailing behind the Academy. At some point, it was operated by the same people who ran the Broadway Theater just up the block, and Ray Boyea was the manager of both for some time back then. Of all of the four movie theatres in Newburgh back then, I frequented the Cameo the fewest number of times. They also ran Western Horse Operas, most of which were relased by either Monogram, Columbia or PRC, rather than by Republic. Johnny Mack Brown and Charles Starrett (The Durango Kid) flicks always showed up at the Cameo. I do recall seeing a terrific double feature there in the late 1940’s: “San Francisco”, with Gable, Tracy and Jeanette McDonald, coupled with “Green Dolphin Street.” I think I also saw Ronald Reagan’s “King’s Row” there.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

The Ritz, Cameo and Broadway can be seen in this 1952 photo:
http://tinyurl.com/ylovpbl

BobWilson
BobWilson on March 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

The Cameo had ceased operation by 1952, and was converted to commercial space.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Many years of advertising for the Cameo and other Newburgh theatres can be found here: google

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

The Cameo Theatre closed as a cinema on Saturday night, August 30, 1952, with “Has Anybody Seen My Gal” and “The Jet Job” as its final program. That same day in the Newburgh News, the Academy Theatre ran a large ad headlined “Welcome to the Academy Theatre to All Cameo Theatre Patrons…Our entire staff is ready to serve you and make you feel at home.” Like the Cameo, the Academy would continue to present “as quickly as possible, all of the big outstanding pictures which play in other theatres at higher prices.” The Academy also planned no increase in prices, which would remain as follows: Matinees, Monday through Friday, 25 cents; Evenings and all day Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 40 cents; Children, 12 cents on weekdays, 14 cents the rest of the time; U.S. military personnel, 25 cents anytime. The Academy was currently in its last day of “Pat and Mike” and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat,” which would be followed by a two-day Labor Holiday booking of “Francis Goes to West Point” and the reissued “To Have and Have Not.”

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Movies were still silent when this had its grand opening under the name of Cameo on Saturday night, June 25th, 1927, described as “Newburgh’s Newest and Prettiest Theatre.” Programs changed twice weekly, consisting of two sub-run features, a newsreel, and at least one short subject. Two Fox releases were on the opening bill: “Fig Leaves,” a romantic comedy directed by Howard Hawks, and the Zane Grey western, “The Last Trail,” with Tom Mix. In the Cameo’s first week of operation, all seats were 25 cents at all times. The following week, the price was raised to 30 cents on Saturday nights only, remaining at 25 cents the rest of the time.

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