New Palace Theatre

52 Roosevelt Avenue,
Carteret, NJ 07008

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Opened by 1927 as the Crescent Theatre Listed in the 1944, 1945, 1951, and 1956 Film Daily Yearbooks. Interestingly, the 1944, 1945, and 1951 editions list it as the New Palace while the 1956 edition lists it as the Palace (although without an address). It was briefly renamed Gem Theatre in the early-1950’s. After closing it was used as a hardware store. It was demolished in late-2006, and house has been built on the site.

Contributed by tc

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 8, 2007 at 5:47 am

This is listed in the 1933 Film Daily Year Book, so it has to be older than “tc”’s research shows. I could not find any listings prior to that, though the theatre could have had another name prior to Palace.

markp on February 10, 2008 at 8:29 am

Status for this theatre should now be changed to “Demolished”. The town has taken on a major urban renewal project, and all of the old retail stores on each side of Roosevelt Ave. have been demolished, to make way for condo’s and townhouses. At the end, this theatre was a plumbing warehouse. Demolished in late 2006.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 10, 2008 at 8:49 am

The absence of an address in the 1956 FDYB probably means that the Palace had closed by that time. I suspect that the actual name of the theatre was Palace and that “New” was just an adjective used temporarily to connote a renovation. After a few years at most, the “New” probably disappeared unless it was actually on the marquee, which I doubt.

walterk on October 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm

This theatre was originally known as the Crescent. It is listed as that in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook, seating 370. The location was given as Chrome rather than Carteret, though Chrome is just a section of Carteret. The Crescent was owned and operated by Maurice Spewak, who also operated the other two theatres in town, the Majestic and the Ritz. The Ritz was the newest and largest of the three and built to replace the other two, which he never converted to talkies and closed shortly after the Ritz opened in September 1927.

I couldn’t find any mention of the New Palace or Palace looking through copies of the local Carteret paper of the time, the Carteret Press, which can be accessed online at the Woodbridge public library. They certainly didn’t advertise. Unfortunately my relatives who were around in those days are no longer here to ask about this.

The Crescent was also known for a short period of time in the early 50’s as the Gem Theatre, which opened under that name on February 9th 1952. It was operated by Steven J Babics Jr. Not sure if he was the owner or perhaps the son of the owner of Babics Furniture Store, which was located several doors down from the Gem. It didn’t last very long, ads disappeared from the Carteret Press after several weeks. Here’s an ad announcing the opening of the Gem:

This is a PDF from the Woodbridge Public Library.

I couldn’t find any mention of the Palace in the 50’s, but the timing of the appearance of the Gem probably explains the two different Palace names.

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