Woodbridge General Cinemas II

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

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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.

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.

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 on June 20, 2017 at 2:13 am

I ran both of those movies there.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

rivest266 on September 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

April 1st, 1968 grand opening ad uploaded.

unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

Saw a few films here: “The Hunt for Red October”, “Joe vs. the Volcano” and “Freejack” and then I believe it closed shortly after that in ‘92. I always talk about this theater, because this is where I saw the trailer for the 1990 version of “Captain America”, with the poster hanging in the lobby. As you know that film was never released in states theatrically.

markp on June 15, 2011 at 8:44 am

True Mike Rogers. But I dont think there were that many around yet in 1977. LOL.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I bet “Rollercoaster” in sensuround was interesting in a multi-plex,markp.LOl.

markp on March 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I actually remember working there when those 2 movies were playing.

markp on September 30, 2009 at 4:26 am

Number of seats for this theatre was 1500 as a single, and after twinning each theatre had 600.

shany94 on September 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Remember seeing both “Batman” and “Nightmare on Elm Street 5” here on the same day in 1989 – was a nice theater, if a little tough to get to

markp on September 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm

On this date, Sept 3rd, 1977, this theatre would once again close after being open for 3 months, to be split in half by General Cinema. All of its beauty would forever be lost by the senseless twinning of this theatre. Of course today, one couldn’t even tell it ever was a theatre, with the Irish Pub and other small retail spaces that are now there. 1977 was a rough year for this building. First Walter Reade closed it, forgot to have the water shut off, it flooded, General Cinema opened it, closed it, twinned it, and re-opened it in Nov of that year.

markp on April 21, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Drove by today, and I can now offically say, that this no longer looks anything like a movie theatre. A classy building when it opened in 1964, that stayed that way, even after twinning, is now a mish-mosh of plaster, stone, windows, all jammed together. Its going to be a bunch of little resturants and shops. All I can say is it looks like crap.

markp on January 26, 2009 at 6:50 am

The building is being carved up into several shops and an Irish pub and resturant.

markp on December 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Went by the building tonight on my way home from work. The drop ceiling from office max is gone, and to my surprise, the front wall of the old projection booth was torn out, exposing the empty booth. The blue color wall paint looks just like it did in 1992 when the place closed.

markp on December 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm

As of today, Dec 11, 2008, there is a lot of heavy machinery around the building. The entire west side of the building has been demolished, showing the exposed steel beams.
Rest in peace Woodbridge.
Walter Reade must be turning over in his grave.
Another treasure gone, even though the building hasnt housed a cinema since 1992, it was always my hope it could be returned to its former glory.
Now it will forever be a memory, like so many before it.

markp on March 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I also worked here as a projectionist in the 80’s. General Cinema re-opened the place on June 10, 1977. Last 3 movies to play on the BIG screen, before closing in Sept 1977 for twinning were, “Rollercoaster”, in Sensuround, “Smokey and the Bandit”, and “The Last Remake of Beau Geste”.

Zoltan on February 1, 2007 at 10:00 am

Was this theatre not around in the 60’s – i could have sworn it was?

mjb1124 on January 25, 2007 at 4:43 pm

This building is vacant again. The Office Max facade remains in the front, but the inside has been gutted, and the building still looks very much like a movie theater. Certainly would be cool if it became one again (not that I’m getting my hopes up or anything).

JerryK on September 14, 2006 at 11:18 am

I worked there as a “relief” projectionist in the late 70’s to mid 80’s. The theater had two Norelco 70/35mm projectors (originally equiped with carbon arc) and a 5 tier platter system which served both houses. Before the place was twinned, I shot numerous photos of the lobby and the auditorium, with the huge screen curtain closed and opened. “Rollercoaster”, in Sensuround, was one of the last big movies shown before the theater was ruined by twinning.