605 Grand Central Avenue,
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The Lavallette Theatre was listed in the 1943 & 1944 editions of Film Daily Yearbook as (Closed) with 540 seats. It had reopened by 1950 and seating was given as 248. This was a wonderful old theatre one of many the dotted the barrier island on the Jersey shore only opened in summer. In the 1970’s it showed such movies as “The Poiseidon Adventure”, “High Plains Drifter”, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”. It would fill up with families at night and be a wild matinee place with kids on rainy days.
No AC, but 2 giant fans under the stage. Sometimes on especially warm nights they would leave the side doors open- a neighbor had a flock of chickens or ducks and they would occassionaly stroll through squaking. The longtime manager for over 40 years was a guy named Jimmy Cagney -no not that Jimmy Cagney but a true character nevertheless.
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