Woodbridge General Cinemas II

US Route 1 and St. George's Avenue,
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

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The Woodbridge Walter Reade was opened April 3, 1968 as a 1,500-seat single screen theatre. It was located in the old Korvettes Shopping Center on Route 1 and St. George’s Avenue, (Route 35) in Woodbridge.

It was taken over by General Cinema on June 10, 1977 and converted to a twin theater November 4, 1977. It closed in the late-1980’s/early-1990’s.

Contributed by Jack Stachowicz

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rivest266
rivest266 on September 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

April 1st, 1968 grand opening ad uploaded.

markp
markp on July 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

A Blue Ale House Resturant is being built into the area near where the screen and stage house use to be.

walterk
walterk on October 7, 2016 at 8:06 am

I’ve just uploaded a better copy of the opening night ad rivest266 added 3 years ago, this copy from the March 27th issue of the Middlesex County Leader-Press, the local weekly paper at the time.

I would also like to note the date for this theatre’s opening in the overview is off by 2 days, it opened on April 3rd, which was a Wednesday.

Paul
Paul on October 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

I grew up in Woodbridge Twp. and remember this movie theater very well. Me and a buddy went to see “Predator” here in 1987; this was also where I realized that popcorn, soda, candy, etc., at movie theaters are outrageously expensive, something that still applies to this day. Anyway, thanks for this, and for the memories.

markp
markp on June 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

40 years ago today this theatre reopened as a General Cinema with Rollercoaster in sensurround. It had closed in early January 1977 as a Walter Reade Theatre. I remember putting the titles up on the marquee early in the morning as our marquee letters had just arrived the day before.

The_Batman_Professor
The_Batman_Professor on June 20, 2017 at 12:22 am

First film I saw at this theater was GREMLINS, in which I was mildly disappointed. Just like Paul, I saw PREDATOR here on opening weekend.

markp
markp on June 20, 2017 at 2:13 am

I ran both of those movies there.

DPastor
DPastor on August 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

How I miss you Happy Harry (50 years IATSE)– you taught us well… (As did your partner Bill).. RIP JerryK- my heart shattered. We grew up there, and left our footprints… and the memory of washing that dang crystal chandelier in the LOBBY! Walter Reade knew how to spend the money (I hear tell his wife decorated the Woodbridge)..Whole or Twinned.. The Woodbridge always had integrity… and the manager made it a SHOWPLACE!

markp
markp on August 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Yes the Woodbridge was a nice theatre even after it was twinned. I was the first employee hired by Bob when GCC took it over. I loved doing the marquees. I also have many great memories of Menlo Park. I would return to both theatres as a projectionist in the mid 80’s (85). I would be the last projectionist at Menlo along with my partner Ed. Many great memories.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm

This was taken over by General Cinemas on June 10th, 1977 and became a twin cinema on November 4th, 1977. Both grand opening ads from GCC in the photo section.

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