Cinema 34

Route 34,
Matawan, NJ

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Cinema 34 in Matawan was owned by Music Makers. It was in operation during the 1970s and closed some time in the early 1980s. A companion cinema to the Plaza in Hazle, it had a single screen and was located south of the intersection of Lloyd Road and Route 34, just past Friendly’s. Everybody who went there remembers there was a tissue box attached to the wall to be used during tear-jerker movies.

Contributed by Barry Monush

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markp
markp on March 8, 2008 at 11:50 am

I remember going to see a movie here probably in the late 1970’s. I remember the theatre was really wide, and not to long. The screen was huge. I also remember the theatre smelled really musty when I was there.

BarryMonush
BarryMonush on March 31, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Yes, that’s true, Movie534, the auditorium was kind of wide. Don’t remember a particularly musty smell though. It was a pretty basic theatre, nothing much distinctive about it. I worked their briefly in the summer of 1977 when it had become a 99 cent second run venue. They showed SLAP SHOT, KING KONG, FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU during that time.

MovieManBill
MovieManBill on September 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm

My fondest memory of this theater was seeing “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” when I was 15. The theater was within walking distance of my house, so I visited it often (along with the Strathmore Twin down the road). I also recall going to the Saturday afternoon matinee showings of the “In Search of Bigfoot” and “In Search of Noah’s Ark” documentaries.

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