175 Smith Street,
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Opened as the Crescent Theatre, it was in operation from at least 1926, when Marr & Colton organ was installed. Renamed the Royal Theatre sometime after 1950, it was located on Smith Street, in the center of downtown Perth Amboy, NJ. It was a sub-run thru most of its life, playing mostly black action and kung-fu thru the 1970’s. It was run by numerous private owners, each of which let it run into the ground.
It closed in the early-1980’s, only to reopen around 1986. After this final attempt to show movies downtown, the theatre closed for good, with little fanfare, on July 9, 1988. The site today is senior citizens housing, with the foyer in use as a farmers market.
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