State Theatre

23 Main Street,
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

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Opening Night State Theatre, Woodbridge, NJ

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The State Theatre in Woodbridge was located on Main Street, directly next to the old Town Hall. It was opened September 19, 1927

The theatre was closed April 8, 1969 and was demolished in the 1980’s to make way for a QuickCheck convenience store.

Contributed by Jack Stachowicz

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markp on March 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Great article about this theatres beginnings. And I just realized today that on this past Saturday, 3/15/2014, it has been 43 years since my father ran the last movie there and its doors closed for good.

walterk on March 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

MarkP, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did reading all the old articles. I remember seeing your post giving the date of the State’s going dark and picked its anniversary to post that bit, which I had been working on for a while. I don’t know if you saw the 1927 ad from opening night I uploaded the same time I posted the early history, but I did comment there that it was uploaded on the 43rd anniversary of the State shutting its doors. Perhaps the person who does the updates can correct the information in the overview to reflect when it closed, and that it was razed later that year. That would be closed on March 15, 1971, demolished September 1971.

Anyway, I have finally (thanks to a much younger coworker) learned enough html code to post links and hyperlinks here, I think you’ll like this one, something I found during a search of a data base of trade journals for mentions of Carteret.

markp on March 21, 2014 at 11:51 am

Thanks walterk. That would be my dad. Thank you so much. Yes I always try to remember the old State every year. Its where as a 6 year old boy I fell in love with movies, which led to me being a projectionist for over 37 years.

markp on March 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Just passed the 44th anniversary of this theatre closing down forever (3/15/71)

HarryGribbon on May 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm

New book on the story of the State Theater (and all the Woodbridge, NJ theaters) is now available on

walterk on May 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Thanks for the heads up, I’ll be purchasing it soon. As I mentioned in a post above, I grew up In Carteret, but visited the State numerous times in my youth. Here’s a clickable link to the Amazon page:

I’m also uploading two 1929 ads from my collection that correspond to chapters 8 and 9, the beginning of sound pictures and the temporary return to a silent only policy.

As someone who has looked at the history of several area theatres, I’m looking forward to reading Mr. Hyatt’s book.

markp on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

met Irv not long ago and gave him some insight as to how the 2nd floor was laid out. He, like you, is a very nice gentleman. I just ordered my copy yesterday. Btw, nothing much going on at the Ritz lately. Just passed by it on Tuesday.

HarryGribbon on May 31, 2015 at 7:12 am

Movie Trailer for the new book on the State Theater and other Woodbridge Theaters. Captures the flavor of the book which is available on Amazon, as well as telling the story of the State Theater’s 40 years.

DavidSimpson on October 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm

The State closed on 8th April 1969 with “Doctor Dolittle”, starring Rex Harrison. Although subsequent adverts proclaimed it was “Closed for Alterations: Watch for Re-Opening”, it never did re-open.

markp on October 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Yes Dave, my father was the projectionist that night. He then moved on to the Royal in Perth Amboy until June of 1972, when he and my uncle moved to the brand new Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema in Carteret.

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