Morristown Triplex Cinema

23 Washington Street,
Morristown, NJ 07960

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The Jersey Theater

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The Jersey Theater was built in 1926. I don’t know much about this one other than it had been closed for many years when the Park Theater in Morristown was demolished around 1970 to have an office block built on the site, the Jersey Theater was refurbished and reopened as successor to the Park Theater.

A few years later the Jersey Theater was triplexed and renamed Morristown Triplex Cinema. It was finally closed and demolished with the opening of the nearby Headquarters ten-plex.

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teecee
teecee on September 12, 2006 at 12:09 am

“Dad took me to my first R-rated film, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (which played forever at the Morristown Triplex)”

excerpt from http://s8.invisionfree.com/MHVF/ar/t4675.htm

So we have this theater still operating until at least 1978.

etwilson
etwilson on January 22, 2007 at 6:34 pm

I went to this theater for years in the seventies and early eighties. The last movie that I remember seeing there was Star Trek II which was 1982 but I think that it ran for a few years after that.

Also the Park was not demolished for a “freeway” but for an office building/hotel complex.

michaelira
michaelira on August 27, 2007 at 5:29 pm

The Jersey sat vacant for many years. As kids in the 1950s, we used to prowl around the huge, dark theater, half scared to death. One time we met a derelict inside, but he didn’t harm us in any way and seemed to enjoy having some company.

SPOK
SPOK on May 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm

The Jersey Theater was another victim of multiplex fever. The grand old theater was done an injustice when it was rebuilt as a triplex. As I recall one of its auditoriums had seats (possibly built over the cinema’s old balcony) situated on such a steep grade that you felt as if you were going to fall forward. You actually looked slightly downward toward the screen.

Unfortunately I do not recall ever seeing a production at the Jersey Theater before it was rebuilt as a multiplex cinema. Some of the films I saw there were THE ELEPHANT MAN, TERROR TRAIN and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. The last movie I enjoyed at the Jersey in the summer of 1982 was STAR TREK II.

Jumping ahead from summer 1982 to spring 1994. My minivan was at the Chrysler dealership for some warranty related work. The dealership was a few blocks down the road from Jersey Theater on South Street. Even though I had an appointment and the auto repair should have only taken an hour or so I quickly discerned that the cigar chomping shop manager was not going to grant my minivan priority treatment. Stranded in Morristown I wandered toward the Morristown Green (town square) and figured I would check out what was playing at the Jersey Theater. I was hoping that there might be a matinee.

Standing in front of the theater I noted that it had obviously been closed for some time. I later blundered into the Headquarters Mall and its cinemas, but by then my car was ready for pick up. Good-bye Jersey Theater.

aktubm
aktubm on May 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Work as a part time manager for Wood Theaters. They owned theaters in Madison and some other towns. worked there while working at Bell Labs in Whippany. Also worked at AMC Rockaway Inside/Outside Cinemas.

markp
markp on May 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Wood theatres at one time had 6 theatres: Old Rahway (now Union County Performing Arts Center), Linden Twin (later 5), Lost Picture Show in Union, Strand in Summit, Verona Theatre and the Jersey (later Morristown Triplex). I worked at both Rahway and Linden many years ago.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

Historic references to the Jersey Theatre are few, but I found a few that reveal that the house was operating as a legitimate theater during at least part of 1946. An item in a 1946 issue of Fire Engineering mentions an incident in which a production of W. Somerset Maugham’s play The Circle was interrupted when a faulty sprinkler system soaked the cast on stage and in the dressing rooms.

A June 8, 1946, item in The Billboard said that a production of Androcles and the Lion had abruptly been canceled and the house closed on May 18, leading to a fracas with Actor’s Equity about unpaid wages.

The September 30, 1926, issue of The Film Daily lists among theaters planned or under construction a house called the Jersey in Morristown which was expected to open in early October.

jayessar
jayessar on September 25, 2012 at 8:47 am

I remember years ago going to an area theater where they put a dividing wall down the middle to create two theaters. Me thinks it was the Jersey Theater. The seats toward the inner side of either theater ended up facing a corner of the dividing wall, and you had to turn your neck somewhat to view the movie. I do now remember the 3rd theater which was origionaly the balcony. It was steep, wide, and not very deep.

Alumni72
Alumni72 on September 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

I can’t be certain, but I am ALMOST 100% sure that my wife and I saw the 1985 version of Godzilla at the Morristown Triplex (well, that’s what we always called it). So I can say that it was most likely still in operation in 1985. I used to save movie ticked stubs, but can’t remember where I used to stash them – if I can find the Godzilla stub I’ll know for sure.

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