Middletown Theatre

2105 Route 35 & Palmer Avenue,
Middletown, NJ 07748

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Middletown Theatre

This theatre was located on Route 35 and Palmer Avenue. It opened June 30, 1965, originally a single screen theatre with 875 seats. First operated by Walter Reade Theatres, it was later owned and operated as a United Artists theatre.

After a decline in its use thanks to the newly opened Hazlet Multiplex Cinemas, it became a discount theatre operated by Cinemagic Theatre company, who twinned the original #1 screen. It closed its doors in December 1997. It was knocked down and replaced by a Target.

Contributed by Greg

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ectojedi1 on January 9, 2006 at 4:33 pm

You’re right about the name. However the close date is subject to debate. The UA sold the theatre to Cinemagic Theatres which kept it open a while longer as a discount theatre. I still have the ticket stubs for “Austin Powers,” “Mimic,” and “Chasing Amy” which all came out in 1997 and were shown there. The admission price was $2.83 and it included a small free popcorn. Talk about a deal.

The last couple of movies to show there that I found via an online newspaper search were on December 13, 1997 – Men in Black, Seven Years In Tibet, Gattaca, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Fairy Tale: A True Story, In & Out, Kiss the Girls, Red Corner, Full Monty, Bean, & Starship Troopers. The theatre was knocked down shortly after that. I have a small piece of the rubble.

teecee on March 1, 2006 at 11:54 pm

Listed as a 7 screen in the 1991 International Motion Picture Almanac.

BarryMonush on September 5, 2006 at 10:33 am

This cinema dates back to the 1960s when it was a single screen and called the Town Theatre. I remember THE ODD COUPLE playing there, with images of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau attached to the marquee!! They used to put sandwich signs with yellow backgrounds and black lettering along route 35 advertising the movies that were playing there.
A second auditorium was added in the 1970s which was later cut in two. There were another four auditoriums added during an extensive remodelling sometime in the 1980s, bringing the total up to 7. Fortunately the main auditorium was left intact during all of the renovations and changes. I believe Ectojedi is correct in that it closed in 1997.

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[Deleted] on March 28, 2007 at 9:15 am

The original name of this theatre, now demolished, was the Towne and opened in July 1965 under the Walter Reade Theatre banner. It became, under Music Makers, Town East and West and then gave birth to multiple screens over the years. As National Amusements, Sumner Redstone, replaced the Rte 35 Drive-In with the Hazlet Multiplex Cinemas in August 1992, the decision was made to have the property used for other commercial ventures.

ronnie21 on May 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm

The horror movie Night of the cREEPS PLAYED HERE IN AUGUST OF 1986…

BarryM on June 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

Wow, Tinseltoes! Thanks for that BOXOFFICE cover with the Town auditorium on the front. It was pretty neat to see it again. I remember sitting in that 1,000 auditorium to see AIRPORT back in 1970 (June, I think), and it was so crowded that some members of our family had to sit separately from us.

rivest266 on March 27, 2016 at 11:54 am

June 30th, 1965 grand opening ad in photo section. It has a picture.

rivest266 on March 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

August 27th, 1971 grand opening ad for Town East in photo section.

rivest266 on March 30, 2016 at 3:12 am

December 19th, 1980 grand opening as Movies at Middletown in photo section.

sc2017 on December 22, 2017 at 5:17 am

I watched the Star Wars Special Editions there, all 3 of them. Since this was a 2nd run theater at the time and Jedi came out in May, it would have been at least summer 97 that it was open. It wasn’t open long after that so chances are it was at least in calendar year 97 that it closed.

Not much effort was being put into it at that point. The seats were broken down, the place was disheveled and some nights they weren’t bothering to sell you tickets, they just let you in.

I’d imagine that was after Target was well on it’s way..

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