Alvin Theatre

6818 Bergenline Avenue,
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

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The Columbia Theatre was opened prior to 1926. Around 1936 it was renamed Alvin Theatre. It was formerly part of the Associated Theatres chain and later the Brandt Theatres chain. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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teecee on October 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm

This site places the theater as part of Associated Theaters of New Jersey as of 1945.

rivest266 on August 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

TeeCee and Lost Memory site moved to

Larry_N on March 7, 2018 at 11:12 am

The location is correct. The Pinnacle Market now stands where the Alvin Theater did until the mid-1950’s when I used to walk past it every day on my way to elementary school. It had been boarded up for years before it caught fire and the storefront section was demolished and the theater itself was gutted. The Pinnacle was then built in it’s place, using the original shell of the theater itself as part of the store. Tragically, the Pinnacle also suffered a sever fire shortly after it opened and the entire structure was leveled and the Pinnacle Market as it stands today was rebuilt. During the 1940’s they used to show cartoons for kids and my Dad, who grew up a few blocks away, was there on December 7, 1942. When he walked out of the theater, he learned that Pearl Harbor had just been attacked.

Larry_N on March 7, 2018 at 11:13 am

Wish I could find a picture as I remember it. If I ever do, I’ll post it here.

Larry_N on March 7, 2018 at 11:16 am

If you zoom in and look at the tall building in the background (used to be Alonsco’s Italian Bakery) you can still see the roofline marking on the wall. The indented area had formed a shaft so that light could reach the windows that were blocked by the abutting theater.

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