Clinton Point Theater

189 Center Street,
Clinton, NJ 08809

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Listed in the 1944 FDY (500 seats), the 1951 FDY (408 seats), the 1956 FDY (408 seats), this theater was part of Brandt Theatres. Still listed as a Brandt theater in the 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac, the theater survived until the mid 1980s.

The site has been a number of banks and today is a Peapack-Gladstone Bank. The original address was at the intersection of Routes 28 and 30, which today corresponds to the intersection of Center Street and State Route 31.

Any additional information on this theater would be greatly appreciated.

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hondo59
hondo59 on March 3, 2006 at 5:07 am

This theater was run by Tri-County theaters along with the Barn in Frenchtown and the Hunterdon in Flemington. The Clinton Point building was demolished and a bank built in its place on pretty much the same location on the lot.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2007 at 9:27 am

Brandt Bans ‘X’ Movies In 6-Week Clinton Test; X Films Draw Money Brandt to Aid Drive.

NY Times April 8, 1973

CLINTON – The Brandt Theater chain has agreed to a six-week experiment during which it will show only general-audience movies at the only movie house in this town of 5,000.

Ban on ‘X’ Movies Extended; Comparison of Grosses

NY Times May 20, 1973

CLINTON — The Brandt theater chain has extended, at least until the end of May, its ban on showing X-rated films at the Clinton Point Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2007 at 11:17 am

Ban on X-Rated Films Is Ended in Clinton; Leader of Campaign Brandt Official Replies.

NY Times June 10, 1973

CLINTON TOWNSHIP"The figures do not stand up—exactly as I predicted. With these type of pictures we have not been able to draw the people". So said Lee Fromato, vice president of Brandt Theaters, as he explained to the residents of Clinton Township that their eight week moratorium on X-rated films had failed to bring in a sufficient gross to eliminate such movies from the 428 seat Clinton Point Theater. Mr. Fromato said that the dormant policy of showing sex films and nonpornographic films on alternating weeks would be reinstituted. He explained that the X-rated films made up the difference the Brandt Corporation needed to “survive” at the Clinton Point.

videojimmy
videojimmy on March 3, 2010 at 8:28 am

anyone know what was the last movie shown there?

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

teecee
teecee on August 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/08/obituary_phyllis_ryman_black_f.html#incart_river

According to this article, the deceased was the first female theater manager in NJ when she managed the Clinton Point Theater starting in 1941.

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