Community Theatre

Route 70 East,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

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A barn-styled theater built as an outbuilding of the Barclay Center shopping plaza in the late-1950’s or early-1960’s. Originally a Walter Reade theater, it passed to General Cinema sometime after 1964. Tended to play second fiddle to GCC’s Cherry Hill Mall Cinema in terms of bookings. Very plain auditorium, no particular decor. Lasted into the early or mid-1980’s as a theater, then renovated into office and retail space.

Contributed by RickB

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teecee
teecee on August 7, 2006 at 5:38 pm

Developer of Barclay Farms was Robert Scarborough. Originally envisioned as an art & foreign film theatre.

Killerwithin
Killerwithin on November 7, 2006 at 6:06 pm

Saw Jaws, Popeye and a double feature of For Your Eyes Only & Tarzan The Ape Man…. now it’s Cutter’s Mill, A pet food store.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 25, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Does anyone know if the Community Theatre at Barclay Farms was of similuar shape and design to the long-gone Budco Theatres' Doylestown Barn Cinema/AMC Barn 5 Theatre?

RickB
RickB on May 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I don’t know about the Doylestown theater, but this one was very similar to the Community Theater in Eatontown, New Jersey, pictured here.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on March 2, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I know this theatre closed 1982/1983 by it’s final operator, Budco Theatres

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Pictured on the front cover of this trade journal in July, 1963: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Auditorium pictured in this 1963 trade article: Boxoffice

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2013 at 2:51 am

As RickB pointed out, this theater was of similar design to the Community Theatre in Eatontown, New Jersey. In fact, comparing photos of the Cherry Hill house with those of the Eatontown location that appear in this article from Boxoffice of November 9, 1964, the two are virtually identical. The article attributes the design of the Eatontown house to architect David Marner, so it’s probably safe to assume that he designed the Cherry Hill project as well.

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