George W. Newman Theatre

1 Williams Plaza,
Rutherford, NJ 07070

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George W. Newman Theatre

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Constructed as the Rivoli Theatre in 1922 to the plans of architect Abram Preiskel. It was remodelled in 1936 to the plans of architect John Eberson. The Rivoli Theatre was partially destroyed in a fire in January 1977, when most damage was done to the lobby that fronted onto Sylvan Street.

The theatre reopened as the Williams Center, presenting movies, shows, children’s program but is now called the George W. Newman Theatre. It was closed by January 2015.

Contributed by Mark Zurge

Recent comments (view all 31 comments)

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on October 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

I’ve run across a reference that may not be accurate. It says that Wurlitzer organ opus 1117 (10 ranks) was moved to the Rivoli (Rutherford NJ) but there’s no date when that might have happened. Opus 1117 had originally been installed at the Regent in Kearny NJ in 1925. Seems odd that the Rivoli would sell opus 482 (9 ranks) and buy the used 1117 which was only 1 rank bigger. That’s a lot of money and hassle for 1 rank. Wonder if the Rivoli and the Regent were owned by the same company?

atmos
atmos on January 9, 2015 at 3:38 am

Theatre was remodelled by John Eberson in 1936.

fotogbill
fotogbill on January 9, 2015 at 5:36 am

Hi Atmos I am a local historian who is compiling information about the Rivoli and the George Newman Theatre in Rutherford, NJ. So I am always looking for additional information on it. Can you tell me more history of the theatre and who is John Eberson how you know about the remodeling? We are trying to save this theater so everything helps.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on January 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

There are no events or movies listed on the current schedule.

fotogbill
fotogbill on January 9, 2015 at 6:25 am

Yes the theatre is in suspension as it is being considered for “redevelopement” There is a good possibility that it will not remain a theatre.

narucki
narucki on April 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

If you would like to save this theater, please sign our petition to let our elected leaders know that we want to keep this theater an active performing arts center! https://www.change.org/p/paul-sarlo-james-tedesco-save-the-williams-center

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 17, 2015 at 10:35 am

what a shame that movies won’t be shown here anymore in the rutherford area until the 26 screen theater opens soon near the meadowlands.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 17, 2015 at 11:39 am

did you put that energy into signing the petition that Narucki put the link for?

Shame all of this energy and “racking up those comment numbers” isn’t put into something worth while. Have you ever set foot in any of these theaters?

John Fink
John Fink on June 27, 2015 at 7:10 am

Williams Center Cinemas are officially closed as of June 22nd – one of the last theaters in Jersey to run all 35MM first run (I think the Lincoln Cinemas in Kearny are still 35MM but I have no confirmation on that) – article in the Bergen Record: http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/rutherford-s-williams-center-cinemas-close-due-to-film-to-digital-conversion-1.1361373

fotogbill
fotogbill on June 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm

“Save the Williams Center” is seeking advice on converting their cinemas from film to digital projection. These cinemas are a vital part of the William Carlos Williams Center. A conversion must happen soon or the entire center, including the Rivoli Theatre may close for good and be demolished. We need help and smart advice! Please contact me at > Billy

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