Woodbridge General Cinemas II

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

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Opening Night Ad, The Woodbridge

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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The_Batman_Professor
The_Batman_Professor on June 20, 2017 at 2:22 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 4:13 am

I ran both of those movies there.

DPastor
DPastor on August 17, 2017 at 4:13 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 5:23 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 6:34 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.

Seattleprojectionist
Seattleprojectionist on May 18, 2019 at 10:05 am

Was this GCC Unit #898? I worked as projectionist at #896, the King Cinema in Seattle, WA.

markp
markp on May 19, 2019 at 7:09 am

Yes. It was 898. Seaview Square in Neptune/Asbury Park NJ was 897. I was a projectionist here at 898, as well as 537, 713 and 715.

geraldlovenguth
geraldlovenguth on July 16, 2019 at 2:12 pm

I live across the the street from (1966 to 71) I was 9 when they opened and my mom worked at the candy counter. I remember watching her being trained (2 weeks before grand opening) I must have seen, Planet of the Apes 20 times in 1968. It was a very special time, plus I got all the candy, popcorn & soda for free.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 20, 2020 at 10:29 am

How long did the apes movie last?

markp
markp on March 20, 2020 at 10:49 am

moviebuff82, I don’t know how long Apes played there, but I can tell you that from 1972 thru 1974, only 3 movies played here each for 6 months. The Posiedon Adventure, American Graffiti and The Sting.

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