RKO Twin Wayne

Junction of Route 46 and Route 23,
Wayne, NJ

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RKO Twin Wayne

The first twin theater in the state of New Jersey. It opened November 20, 1968 and was located in the S. Klein shopping center where Route 23 meets Route 46. When it first opened both theaters showed the same feature, with staggered showtimes.

Contributed by Bill Huelbig

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pbubny
pbubny on October 6, 2006 at 4:46 am

Pretty undistinguished in terms of decor and ambience—probably similar to some of the contemporary RKO Twins on Long Island—and at the time (25-30 years ago) the screens seemed undersized to me. Of course, that was before so many of the single-screen theatres I frequented got cut up into even smaller twins, triplexes, etc., so by comparison to those, the screens at the RKO Twin would look spacious and the auditoriums would feel roomy. Projection and sound were never less than adequate, although AFAIK only theatre #1 was ever equipped for stereo surround. Not certain when this twin closed, probably in the late ‘80s or early '90s. I seem to recall it succumbed to competition from the nearby Loews Wayne sixplex (which later became an eightplex, and is now a 14-plex) earlier than the Totowa Cinema and Cinema 46, which were also nearby. I’m pretty sure that the space it once occupied was given over to expanded parking for the adjacent shopping mall.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on October 6, 2006 at 4:48 am

Here’s a November 1968 Bergen Record ad announcing the revolutionary new concept of the twin theater, before the concept really caught on (perhaps too well):

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 13, 2008 at 7:41 am

The aformentioned shopping mall is the Wayne Town Center, where the defunct department store of the same name is now the Fortunoff, where one of my stepsister’s classmates from high school, Misty, worked.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Briefly described in this 1969 trade article as a “first” for the state of New Jersey: Boxoffice

Jef
Jef on October 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I saw “The Outsiders” at the RKO Twin. It became a second run theater a few years later. If my friends didn’t feel like waiting in line to pay full price at Loews we would go over to RKO.

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