Fabian Theatre

45 Church Street,
Paterson, NJ 07505

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2021 at 1:33 am

An extensive remodeling of the Fabian Theatre took place in 1962, featured in a two-page article in the August 15 issue of Motion Picture Exhibitor. A reseating reduced the capacity of the house by about 600, ornate decoration was removed or covered, the house was recarpeted and repainted, a new marquee was installed, and the restrooms and lounges updated. The original auditorium chandelier was removed. A new screen 52x26 feet was installed, along with new projectors and a modern sound system. In a nod to the old days, the Wurlitzer Hope-Jones organ was refurbished and was featured at the reopening of the house. Plans for the project were by Paterson architect Sidney Schenker.

moviebuff82 on July 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

This theater isn’t like the Fabian of recent times.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on December 3, 2016 at 6:14 pm

It’s been gutted since I photographed it, Mark. There really isn’t anything left to restore.

markp on December 3, 2016 at 6:03 pm

What a shame this is rotting away like this. You look at Matt Lambros photos and you wonder if it could ever be restored.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on February 26, 2013 at 8:18 am

I photographed the Fabian Theatre a few years ago. Check out my post at After the Final Curtain

repolton on October 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

For more information on Jacob Fabian and the architect Fred Wesley Wentworth, see www.fredwesleywentworth.com I have recently completed a book on their collaboration.

Bway on September 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Tinseltoes, I don’t see any of these green underlined words. Ed Solero, you are right, that is an odd entrance. Someone else would have to say if that is the original one or not, but doesn’t the Fabian only now the upper balcony part of the theater with a fake ceiling put through the orchestra level? With the orchestra level converted to some other use? That could also mean that those “other use” entrances are from the original theater entrance and the “theater” using the balcony (at least when it was open yet) using a different entrance.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 14, 2011 at 6:38 am

What’s the street view looking at? Is that an alternate entrance to theater’s 4 and 5 in the former stage area? Hardly looks like the 1920’s facade I’d have imagined.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I always wanted to go here before it closed — they had some dynamite exploitation double features.

And that shot posted on August 17, 2010 must be the balcony after the theater was divided.

BobFurmanek on May 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I just got back from Paterson. They are gutting the Fabian. Several entryways are opened (with gates down) and you can look into the cavernous auditorium. The seats are out and they appear to be leveling the floor.

Ironic how the two flagships of the Fabian chain (this and the Montauk in Passaic) survived this long, only to meet their demise simultaneously!

ThePhotoplayer on September 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Actually, those are old photos. I think the theater is gutted at this point (they were gutting it earlier this year when I was there).

larry on August 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

Too bad such a once proud theater is wasting away. A shame!

kathy2trips on August 17, 2010 at 12:13 am

A good current interior shot in color is here: View link

CSWalczak on February 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

As it is a completely new theater, the Fabian 8 has its own page here on CT: /theaters/29149/

tkuykendall1 on February 18, 2010 at 7:52 am


THIS FRIDAY 02-19-10


tkuykendall1 on February 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

Fabian Theater Opens at Center City Mall in Paterson,NJ!!!!!!!

THIS FRIDAY 02-19-10


larry on November 9, 2009 at 6:19 am

Great picture…but very sad to see.

larry on October 16, 2009 at 8:28 am

What is the status of Fabian 8?

Bway on May 28, 2009 at 11:36 am

Will the new theater use any part of the old theater?

fred1 on May 16, 2009 at 4:15 am

This is the first venture for Community Theaters

John Fink
John Fink on May 16, 2009 at 12:33 am

The new 8-screen cinema at City Center will be called Fabian 8, so the name will live on. I hope Paterson does have a cultural revolution of sorts that would make a comeback for this theater possible, maybe as a live arts venue. We’ll see how City Center plays out and what dining options are around the new theater when it opens, which will be key to its success I think.

The theater’s site is up at fabien8.com – and its advertising that it will have digital 3-D and stadium seating, impressive given the chain is an upstart (Community Theaters) and I can’t seem to locate any additional info on what other cinemas they might manage. No date for the opening yet.