Hamilton Theatre

2630 S. Broad Street,
Trenton, NJ 08610

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rivest266
rivest266 on September 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Opened on December 25th, 1946.

jim78609
jim78609 on June 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

My dad was a projectionist at the Hamilton. It opened just after WWII, and was only open for about 2.5 years. It was a victim of the post-WWII television boom, and never made it. It was an identical twin of the Brunswick Theater, both designed to be neighborhood theaters. However, the era of neighborhood theaters was ending just as they opened.

RickB
RickB on February 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

The Hamilton opened on Christmas Day 1946 with a double feature of “Canyon Passage” and “Bamboo Blonde.” At the opening it was a joint venture of the RKO and Walter Reade chains. Newspaper story reproduction here. The blogger who posted the article says that the theater only operated for a short time but doesn’t say exactly how short.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 13, 2010 at 8:43 am

Apparently one needs to be a member of Face Book to view that photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Here is another 1986 photo.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 5, 2009 at 6:34 am

Thanks, Ken! The church seems to have preserved the “neo-Colonial” exterior. Here are new links to previously posted vintage images:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm

There is a photo on the church site:
http://tinyurl.com/b38ake

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 3:29 am

Listed as an Art Theater in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook. Listed under Trenton.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 22, 2005 at 6:20 am

Rick, thanks for the correction of Maddock Avenue. “Murdock Avenue” was reported in Theatre Catalog annual, but I could not find it on a map of Huntington Township and figured that someone would eventually correct it if wrong…I find the FDYBs unreliable for theatres built after WWII. Some never got listed. In the FDYB of 1957, the Hamilton is listed in the holdings of RKO theatres, but is not mentioned in the so-called “complete” list of New Jersey theatres arranged alphbetically by location.

KenRoe
KenRoe on October 22, 2005 at 5:38 am

RickB;This address maps as a suburb of Trenton, NJ. I can’t find any listing for the Hamilton Theatre in Film Daily Yearbooks that I have for 1941, 1943 or 1950.

RickB
RickB on October 22, 2005 at 4:26 am

Looks like this is now a church, the True Servant Worship and Praise Center. Address is 2630 South Broad Street and the correct name of the side street is Maddock Avenue. The building looks almost the same as the picture although it seems closer to the street; perhaps the road was widened at some point (it’s four lanes now), taking out some of the lawn. Or maybe I need new glasses.

A poster on the Brunswick Theater page says that this theater was a copy of the Brunswick (or vice versa), although the seating capacities shown are different. He also says that this was used as a carpet store at one time.