Harbor 5 Theatre

271 96th Street,
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

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HARBOR Theatre; Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

This historic Art Moderne style cinema opened as the 850 seat, Harbor Theatre, on June 24, 1949. It was twinned in the 1980’s and became a five-screen cinema operated by Frank Theatres.

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nerwall16 on September 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

im currently sitting in the office at the harbor 5, the theater has an intresting 50’s style for shore theaters

barrygoodkin on January 8, 2008 at 11:53 am

The Harbor Theatre opened on June 24, 1949 by Jack H. Greenberg Theater Enterprises who perated theaters in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The theater was designed by David supowitz who had an early association with William H. Lee. Supowittz designed the Goldman and Randolph Theatres in Philadelphia for William Goldman. Supowitz was also reponsible for updating a number of theaters for William Goldman. The theater fronted on the main street of Stone Harbor a few doors from the Park Theatre also operated by Greenberg. The auditorium was on an angle and stretched to the street behind. Greenberg sold out to Wm. Hunt Theatres of Wildwood who then sold out to Frank. On opening the theater had a very long inside lobby that was made into a creening room when the auditorium was divided into four screening rooms.

nerwall16 on June 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm

im gonna miss running the harbor 5 this year, was a nice little theater

RickG on September 9, 2008 at 10:14 am

I was an usher at both the Harbor and Park Theatres in 1964. At 50 cents an hour it was easy work. At that time seasonal businesses didn’t have to pay a minimum wage. We opened the theater for a matinee every day but if we didn’t have 6 pople in the auditorium we closed down. Fewer than 6 didn’t pay the bills. In 1965 I was made the Manager at the Park for a whopping $75 per week, working under Arthur Gross – the manager at the Harbor, which was then open year round. Both jobs were 7 days a week with a day off only if you promised to come in if it rained. As a Manager I had to be at the theater at 8 AM to let the cleaners in, and went home at midnight after walking the deposit to the bank on the corner (now a BOA). Once a week I delivered the bulletins around the island by bike – after we closed for the night. The programs were pastel 5" X 8" cards with the Harbor schedule on one side and the Park schedule on the back. Both theaters normally ran about 4-5 different films per week on the one screen. They were owned by Frank Theaters back then and have changed ownership several times since then before going back to Frank.

nerwall16 on February 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm

im returning this summer as the gm

postcardsareme on November 10, 2009 at 4:03 am

I have quite a few of the pastel 5x8 cards I would like to sell. They have some great movies advertised on them with interesting graphics. My email is

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

From 1949 a photo postcard view of the (New) Harbor Theatre during it’s gala opening in Stone Harbor N.J.

JHasson on August 18, 2016 at 8:05 am

I am currently working at this establishment. It has been totally redone inside, but still pays direct homage to it’s history. The largest screen in the back is close to it’s original position and size, over the stage which is still there, there are original architectural features throughout the building, but it has the modern amenities (plus a few extra)that modern moviegoers have come to expect. Here is a link to the new website.


Movieholic on January 7, 2017 at 9:59 am

I saw The Girl on the Train here back in October. This renovations are a major improvement.

HowardBHaas on September 3, 2017 at 7:41 am

Philadelphia Inquirer article today features the success of this theater & a photo of huge curved marquee http://www.philly.com/philly/business/movies-and-shopping-a-fix-for-downtown-philly-its-a-hit-in-stone-harbor-20170831.html

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