Royal Theatre

175 Smith Street,
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

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Royal Theatre

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.

Contributed by Mark Pusillo, tc

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teecee on March 1, 2008 at 11:41 am

listed as part of Triangle-Liggett Theatre Service in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook.

RickB on April 23, 2009 at 7:18 am

A 1983-dated photo is here.

markp on September 2, 2009 at 12:32 pm

A ‘Casa-de-Fruitas’ farmers market occupies what was the lobby of this former theatre.

markp on October 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

My father was a projectionist here from 1967 till early 1972. I was the last projectionist to work here in 1988.

lorib on April 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm

markp ~ any relation to Merrifield? I know of a father and son who used to work at the Strand Theater and the Majestic as porters in 1957?

markp on April 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm

lorib, no relation. Sorry

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