Eagle Theatre

208 Vine Street,
Hammonton, NJ 08037

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This was an old silent era theatre often advertised in the South Jersey Republican, published in Hammonton, next to the Palace Theatre. It operated from 1914 until 1927. The owner was Samuel Litke. Used as a church for 15 years. In 1959, a local family bought it and used it until 2006 as storage for their auto-parts company.

In 2006, demolition was planned, but local residents rallied to save the theatre to ensure downtown revitalization. The Eagle Theatre was reopened as a movie theatre on July 9, 2009, with a screening of “Somewhere in Time” starring Christopher Reeve". First run movies commenced on July 15, 2009, with a midnight screening of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”. Live shows such as childrens theatre, band concerts, cabaret sings, and musical tributes are also held in the theatre. In 2012, the US Department of Agriculture provided more than half a million dollars in loans and grants. The funds are so the nonprofit organization could purchase the building and for physical improvements including equipment for the stage and ticketing. Friends of Eagle Theatre work with the nonprofit Hammonton Revitalization Corp. to secure the future of this historic theatre.

Contributed by tc, Howard B. Haas

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Mts83
Mts83 on June 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Here is an article from the Press of Atlantic City talking about the rebirth (Photo included):
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ppalmieri
ppalmieri on August 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm

The Friends of the Eagle Theatre are beginning renovations today. The masonry work is set to begin. If you are int he area please drive by and see the progress.

ppalmieri
ppalmieri on August 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm

The Friends of the Eagle Theatre ar hosting a fundraiser. The Ocean City Pops are coming to Hammonton on 9/20/08. The program will be Broadway Showstoppers. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the theatre. Tickets can be purchased at tix.com.

RickB
RickB on April 19, 2009 at 12:56 pm

The renovation project is nearing completion. Press of Atlantic City article here. The story says that the building was used as a private residence and as a warehouse after the church moved out.

eagletheatre
eagletheatre on July 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

FIRST-RUN MOVIES RETURN TO 95 YEAR OLD THEATRE

The first major motion picture to be shown in Hammonton in nearly 50 years, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, will be presented at 12:01am on Wednesday, July 15th. After the special Midnight showing, the film will be presented at the Eagle Theatre every day, show times will be 12:30pm, 4:15pm and 7:30pm, for the next several weeks.

Order tickets online at www.theeagletheatre.com For more information call
609-704-5012 or email

The Eagle Theatre, a non-profit organization, is located at 208 Vine Street in Downtown Hammonton. The historic theatre was originally constructed in 1914 for the showing of silent motion pictures. The theatre closed in 1927. This June, renovations were completed and the theatre has been reborn as the premier center for motion pictures and the arts in South Jersey.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 22, 2009 at 8:35 am

Here is a recent letter in the AC Press:
http://tinyurl.com/n4x34h

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 20, 2009 at 2:37 am

This is a 2009 photo taken after the renovation.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 10, 2010 at 12:11 am

Cool looking little theatre does not look 95 years old though.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer article about the live shows and the rescue of the theater,
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