Movie City

1655 Oak Tree Road,
Edison, NJ 08820

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This cinema opened June 16, 1978 in an East Brunswick shopping center on the north-bound side of Route 18 in what, I believe, used to be a former W.T. Grant store. It its early years it was a second-run cinema but switched over to first-run in the 1980’s. Walking down the center hallway there was one large auditorium on the left hand side and four smaller ones on the right.

Eventually they decided to add a very tiny, uncomfortable space on the left-hand side beyond the main auditorium. I believe the cinema closed in 1994 and the space has once been given over to retail.

Contributed by Barry Monush

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sporridge
sporridge on September 12, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Another outpost in the Movie City chain (see listing under Ft. Lauderdale) originally housed Grant City, W.T. Grant’s (very short-lived) attempt to compete with larger department stores in the early 1970s. Wonder if MC’s location scouts favored other ex-Grant facilities along the east coast?

VincentPrice
VincentPrice on October 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Movie City parking lot was a great hangout in the late 80s into the early 90s.

goodfella
goodfella on October 12, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Oh yes, the parking lot stories can go on forever (6 pack anyone?). In Woodbridge there was this guy named Darren who ran the air conditioning and heat for the building who always tried to keep an eye on the parking lot but was always too busy himself having a good time to really do anything. Plus, it was always colder in theatre 1 and 5 than in theatre 2, 3 or 4 which was a constant customer service issue but help keep the beer cold until the lobby closed and we could head out to the parking lot to drink. Good times.

VincentPrice
VincentPrice on December 28, 2008 at 6:49 am

My friend and former co-worker Steve Jonaitis at the GCC in Brunswick Square came to work at Movie City around 1992 until it closed I believe. I think he was some kind of manager at MC.

The Guns N Roses song Paradise City was a hit at the time and everyone renamed it to Movie City and came up with different renditions of the lyrics to the times at the parking lot. LOL!

I think the Movie City in East Brunswick is a furniture store now. I remember seeing Scanners there a long time ago.

NickyG
NickyG on January 7, 2009 at 9:17 am

Saw Animal House circa 1979 after warming up with beers and smoke in the parking lot…

VincentPrice
VincentPrice on February 22, 2009 at 12:14 am

Remember when the sidewalk outside leading into the theater had painted lines that you had to stand in? LOL~

Lateguy
Lateguy on March 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

anyone have any pictures on MC5 in EB, inside or out, my memory is starting to fade a bit! It would be great to see the old candy counter, box office, hallway, signs, anything from the gool ol' days!

richardbelowsky
richardbelowsky on August 30, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I worked at East Brunswick as an Usher 1979-1980, Projectionist at Woodbridge and East Brunswick 1980-1982, Assistant Mgr. at Woodbridge 1982-84, Mgr at Teaneck 1984-1986 and Mgr at Woodbridge in 1986 until leaving then to become an officer with the Monmouth conty Sheriff’s Office-Corrections. I am currently in my 25th year as a Lieutenant. I learned a lot from John D. about management, and that has helped me to this day. Howard was a fun guy and told funny stories. Bill McL… was a fun guy to hang out with and trips to A.C. It was my first real job and I learned a lot. My name is Rich Belowsky. If you remember me give a response.

The_Batman_Professor
The_Batman_Professor on June 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

There seems to be some confusion here. There is no 1655 Oak Tree Rd in East Brunswick, only Edison. The theater we knew at that address, we called MOVIE CITY 6, and is now the site of BIG CINEMAS 8.

Was the East Brunswick theater part of the Woodbridge and Edison chain?

rivest266
rivest266 on August 27, 2017 at 4:58 pm

This opened on June 16th, 1978. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Trouble with the union:

Found on Newspapers.com

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