UA Cinema

Route 35,
Hazlet, NJ 07730

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UA Cinema

The UA Cinema opened in the K-Mart shopping center in Hazlet on Route 35 in March of 1973 with a double-bill of “The Getaway” and “The Emigrants”. It was a twin cinema with the larger auditorium on the left and the smaller one behind the snack bar on the right.

It was somewhat similar in design to the UA in South Plainfield and they often ran their ads together. Although it was the most popular cinema in the area during the 1970’s it was only open ten years, closing sometime in the fall of 1983.

Contributed by Barry Monush

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markp
markp on April 2, 2011 at 4:18 am

Definitly NOT demolished. A huge Fashion Bug store occupies the space. I just drove by it today.

KGordonMurray
KGordonMurray on September 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

For the record, the original space that the theatre occupied was extended to accommodate store expansion. An addition was attached to the open side of the building that extended further toward the highway. I was a relief projectionist at this theatre. It’s primary projectionist was Arthur Cavallo, Sr. (now deceased).

markp
markp on November 2, 2014 at 10:56 pm

KGordonMurray, I guess you probably know a projectionist I worked with for 9 years at the Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Twp. Jerry Cunningham. He was a great guy to work with.

KGordonMurray
KGordonMurray on December 10, 2018 at 12:10 am

markp: Some 4 years later, I see your question! Yes, I knew Jerry Cunningham. He, like myself, was a member of IATSE Local 536. Jerry was the relief projectionist (for regular projectionist Jerry Spencer) at General Cinema’s Shrewsbury Plaza Cinema http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/12045 … I didn’t know Jerry worked at the Middlebrook later on! As you know, he was a very, very nice man and I always enjoyed his company. We typically saw one another at union meetings and when we worked as stagehands at the PNC Bank Arts Center (then known as the Garden State Arts Center). He was the only African-American member at the time (mid-70s). I presume he’s now deceased?

markp
markp on December 10, 2018 at 7:49 pm

KGordonMurray, I actually spoke to Jerry this past summer. He is still tickin. I plan on calling him before Christmas. I will send along a Hello for you.

KGordonMurray
KGordonMurray on March 6, 2019 at 8:56 pm

markp: Just now saw your reply. How nice to hear Jerry is still with us! Does he still live the area or maybe retired to warmer climates? I haven’t spoken to him in 38 years. markp, I use a pseudonym here so if you mentioned to Jerry that “KGordonMurray” said hello, he wouldn’t have any recollection of that name.

markp
markp on March 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm

KGordonMurray, Jerry still lives in Asbury Park. 97 years old. I spoke to him in January. I will mention you to him next time I talk to him.

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