Summit Hippodrome Theatre

1214 Summit Avenue,
Union City, NJ 07087

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The Summit Hippodrome Theatre was opened in 1905. This working class theater was quadruplexed in 1990 with seating provided for 132, 150, 130 and 171, giving a total seating capacity of 583. It was closed in 2011. Renovations were carried out and it reopened on February 2, 2013 presenting classic & family movies and live performances, but seems to have not been successful and soon closed.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Phone number is disconnected. It looks like it has closed.

FeverDog on April 20, 2012 at 1:26 am

It’s been a year now since this place shut down. The status neeeds to be updated. It looks like they’re starting to gut it.

bolorkay on September 21, 2012 at 4:48 am

Hi FeverDog, So sorry to hear about the closing of the Summit. This is the place where much of my “mis-spent” youth was taken up with the likes of the old Universal and Hammer horror films during the hey-days of the kiddie matinees. Even though (up until about a month ago) I used to drive past there every day, I never realized it was being “gutted”. Very sad. But, I guess there is some consolation that the great Loews Jersey at Journal Square (one of my other “haunts” as a kid) is still a functioning movie theatre and Arts Center.

SummitHippodrome on January 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Hey Folks I just wanted to let you all know that the Summit Hippodrome will be open for business February 2nd. We are working on restoring and renovating it. It will be open for some amazing events. Check out the website and share your stories and memories. And if you can come join us on February 2nd for our event The Comic Book Bash. Thanks. I hope this news brightens up your day a bit.!about/c18bc

SummitHippodrome on January 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

@lostmemory- If possible I’d love to use your photos for the website. They are beautiful and shows the theaters transition.

bolorkay on February 11, 2013 at 3:56 am

I am looking forward to the Summit’s restoration and renovation with much positive anticipation.

The only model that I have at the moment for this type of restoration is the great job a group of local residents known as the “Friends of the Loews” did with the Loews Jersey at Journal Square (I guess you can tell I’m a big fan of the Loews!) Monthly “classic” film programs, live shows etc. Will the Summit be operating along these lines?

bolorkay on March 10, 2013 at 7:52 am


Is there any news regarding the renewed interest and restoration of the Summit? The web site makes no note of any activities beyond Feb. 15th. (The classic films program seems interesting.)

bolorkay on April 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

Still no up-dates on the Summit web site as to new programs, films etc.???? I hope interest in this theater has not slacked off.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

There is nothing on the Summit Hippodrome’s official web site but a rather cryptic message from what is probably the hosting company. Nothing is listed at web sites such as Box Office Mojo, either. I don’t think this theater is open.

bolorkay on December 28, 2015 at 8:06 am

Very quiet around here for a few years!!! Is the Summit officially “dead in the water” awaiting some local contractor to take over? A true shame. I guess Union City has no need for this great little local cinema with the advent of the Secaucus and Ridgefield theaters many years ago. I still think that whoever owns this property should take a “cue” from what the FOL is doing with the great Loewe’s Jersey at Journal Square. The Friends of Loews is keeping that theater quite viable!

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