Warner Theatre

2015 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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kencmcintyre on May 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm

The marquee can be seen in this 1941 photo:

kencmcintyre on April 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm

You can see the marquee in this postcard:

kencmcintyre on April 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Here is a 2009 view of the facade:

kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 2:16 am

The Warner was a hot dog place in the 1980s called Boardwalk Rogers:

kencmcintyre on December 19, 2008 at 6:53 pm

What is behind the facade now? Nothing, or part of the casino?

Roloff on December 19, 2008 at 6:48 pm

A better, hi-res scan of the postcard showing the interior can be seen in my flickr stream: View link
As my card wasn’t posted, I can’t say from when it was, but I bet the photo was taken around the opening as is so often the case with postcards promoting a theater.

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Crazy Bob Madara on September 4, 2008 at 6:10 pm

In 1971, The Steel pier Music Hall had Simplex E-7 projectors & Ashcraft Super High arc lamps. Hall & Connell spot lights. The screen was on a “fly”. The two man projection shift operators were Ed Oliver, & Goerge Innis.

In the Casino Theatre, were a pair of Simplex XL projectors & Peerless Magnarc carbon arc lamps. The operators were Lou Glendenon, & Frank Bernato. I probably messed up their names.

Behind the Casino projection booth was a room with metal letters that ran on a convayor belt. They brushed against electified feelers for the giant marquee chaser sign.

veyoung52 on May 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Thanks, Warren, for posting that.

kencmcintyre on May 30, 2008 at 11:33 am

Same thing in Los Angeles. The downtown Warner was the Warren in the seventies.

BobFurmanek on May 28, 2008 at 9:12 am

Yes, there are lots of changes in Atlantic City. Most of the old, grand buildings on the boardwalk are gone.

kencmcintyre on May 27, 2008 at 8:55 pm

There’s an IMAX over on the walk, which is a batch of stores close to Columbus Park. That area looks like a huge shopping mall. My former school at South Carolina and Pacific is now a Marriott hotel.

edblank on May 27, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Ken, Any interesting changes in Atlantic City? Is there a functioning moviehouse of any kind within a mile or two of the area where the many Boardwalk and Atlantic Avenue theaters used to be?

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm

I’m not sure about the eligibility. The theaters were part of the amusement pier and never really had their own identity. We had this discussion a while ago about the theater on the Queen Mary. I will take some pictures if I get over that way, though.

edblank on May 21, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Ken, Sure would appreciate it if you’d take a photo of what’s left of Steel Pier and open the blog on Steel Pier with it. I’m sure many of us would like to contribute to that link. It had three moviehouses within it(though only two were used for films during the second part of the 20th Century), so it should be eligible. – Ed Blank

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I’m going back to Atlantic City this weekend. I would take some pictures but offhand I can’t recall any theaters that are still standing. Even the Warner is down to a facade.

veyoung52 on May 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Thanks, all. Saved me a trip to the A.C. library.

veyoung52 on May 21, 2008 at 10:10 am

Thanks, when I’m in AC I’ll check the AC “Press” for the time period I was there and see if the address in the ad matches that of the Stanley. Stay tuned.

edblank on May 21, 2008 at 9:42 am

I liked the Roxy a lot. I remember seeing “A Hole in the Head” there in the summer of 1959. Can’t remember any other specific films I saw there, and I don’t know when it closed. – Ed Blank

veyoung52 on May 20, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Yes, Ed, me, too. Do you have information about the Roxy on the boardwalk? Even Mr. Hauss hasn’t been able to uncover much history of that palace. I saw “The Big Country” there in October of 1958..a luxurious palace with a tremendous screen. All I know is that when I started researching “Windjammer” at the Warren/Warner which ran in the late summer of 1960, the Roxy was already not oprational, but I don’t know if had been demolished by then. I’m going to the A.C. library sometime in the next couple of weeks. Will keep you posted. Vince

edblank on May 20, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Thank you very much for that start, VEYoung. Every year from 1954 through 1961 or maybe 1962, I spent a week in Atlantic City with my folks. I always went straight to the Steel Pier to get that week’s schedule and to work out a one-day itinerary so we could see the diving horse, the main movie, which was always in the Casino, the secondary movie, which played the larger Music Hall with that week’s name attraction (Guy Mitchell with his leg in a cast one year, a pairing of June Valli and Jean Carroll another year), as well as the water show at the end of the pier featuring the diving horse. For whatever reason, we never bothered with “Tony Grant’s Stars of Tomorrow” show, which was in a third theater. The Grant show might have been in the auditorium you refer to as the Ocean. I sure wish Steel Pier had a Cinema Treasures entry. – Ed Blank

veyoung52 on May 20, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Hi, Ed. I was just speaking yesterday with Allen Hauss, author of “Images of America: South Jersey Movie Houses.” In his book there is a little information on the Steel Pier and its theatres.“Steel Pier, Atlantic City, 1941. Built in 1900 at Virginia Avenue and the famous boardwalk, the Steel Pier is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Atlantic City. Movies arrived as an occasional attraction in the early 1900’s. By the 1930s, there were three theatres on the pier; the Music Hall (2,250 seats) with a vaudeville and film format, the Casino (2,000 seats), and the Ocean (1,406) seats.” That’s all that appears for the Pier itself, although the book goes into more detail about other locations in the Shore communities. Hope this helps.