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 9, 2008 at 8:50 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 April 1, 2008 at 9:18 am

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 18, 2008 at 5:39 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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