Leonia Theatre

370 Broad Avenue,
Leonia, NJ 07605

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The Leonia Theatre opened on September 29, 1927. The auditorium featured a central dome in the ceiling which was decorated with painted cloud effects. It was equipped with a Kimball theatre organ. The house programmed movies and vaudeville, but was also equipped for stage plays, and in its early years hosted a number of tryouts for Broadway shows.

The theatre operated for less than a decade. In 1938 the auditorium floor was leveled and converted into a roller skating rink. Eventually the rink came under the control of the municipal government, which today uses the the building as a community recreation center.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

This photo depicts the auditorium of the Leonia Theatre after it had been converted into the Humming Wheels Arena skating rink.

Swive
Swive on January 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Pretty sure my grandfather (Julius Charnow) operated this theater till it was closed – due to some kind of zoning dispute, I believe.

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