Lost Picture Show

Springfield Avenue,
Union, NJ 07088

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At one point showed feature films, then showed limited-run films.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 29, 2006 at 4:33 pm

Wasn’t this theater operated by Robert L. Roberts? There was another Lost Picture Show on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ.

fred1 on June 29, 2006 at 11:59 pm

yes , after the orignal Lost Picture show closed in Union , Roberts leased the old RKO Royal twin in Bloomfield

pbubny on June 30, 2006 at 4:35 am

Actually, it was the old Center Theatre in Bloomfield that Roberts leased for a time and renamed the Lost Picture Show, twinning it after taking it over. The Center is still open as a live theatre venue, but the Royal was demolished some years ago.

fred1 on June 30, 2006 at 4:43 am

paul your right it been years since i pass those theaters on bloomfield rd.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 30, 2006 at 5:27 am

The Roberts Theatres website gives the location as Springfield Avenue and not Road. The following comes from their website dated July 2004:

“Far from being a new addition to the Roberts Theatres family, The Lost Picture Show opened in 1986 and was originally located in Union, NJ – next door to the former Union Flea Market on Springfield Avenue. It opened as the premier New Jersey art house, playing foreign and independent films. It remained a pillar of art houses until its closing in 1999.
With the closing of the Union location, a plan was set into motion to relocate the theater, along with a change in its normal lineup. After nearly two years of remodeling, Roberts New Lost Picture Show opened its doors on May 18, 2001, with two screens, and with a new attitude that aimed for family entertainment.

Continuing with a family theme in a family town, Roberts Lost Picture Show has been the host for family favorites such as Harry Potter, Finding Nemo and Shrek.

We offer group rates and birthday party packages for the entire family. Please feel free to introduce yourself to our manager: TeeJae Drinkard".

If anyone wants to add the other Lost Picture Show in Bloomfield, this is the address for it:

562 Bloomfield Ave.
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

SPOK on September 2, 2007 at 4:55 pm

I am sorry that I did not get to The Lost Picture Show earlier in its life. I was a frequent visitor to the Union Market when I attended nearby Seton Hall University, but took little notice of the cinema. The solitary movie I saw there was DAS BOOT when it was originally released. That was a great movie to see on the large screen.

Unfortunately theaters like The Lost Picture Show are far and few between. Whenever there is an oddball or other than mainline film released (or re-released) it is difficult to locate it. For example, when The Beatles first two movies were restored and re-released they only showed in the newspaper movie schedule at some obscure theater in Philadelphia. The same held true for the more recently released DOWNFALL. The Lost Picture Show was basically one of those obscure theaters that was virtually in my back yard and I regret having discovered it on the eve of leaving for several years active duty in the Army.

NickyG on January 6, 2009 at 8:23 am

Saw some films here when visiting family in central Jersey in 80s/90s…seemed like a shaky operation but they brought much needed “art” movies to area…Also a little hard to find as I recall.

TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Any photos of the LOST PICTURE SHOW?

unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

Ah, yes the “The Lost Picture Show”, what great little cinema that was, located right next to the Union Flea Market. I miss both of those places. I remember they played first-run films in the early ‘80s and such, and then it became an art-house theater in the late '80s till it closed. Off-hand, I remember seeing “My Left Foot”, “The Crossing Guard”, “Four Rooms” and “The Butcher Boy” here.

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