Embassy Theatre

7212 Bergenline Avenue,
North Bergen, NJ 07047

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Embassy Theatre

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The Embassy Theatre was a large theatre with balcony and organ and it opened in 1929. The Embassy Theatre was closed in late-1960’s. Used in the 1970’s and 1980’s for wrestling matches and bingo. The back of theatre was demolished, but the lobby was kept, and is now offices.

Contributed by Lou Lavin

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teecee on March 11, 2006 at 1:54 am

1959 ad (center – To Catch a Thief) courtesy of Bill Huelbig:
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RickB on April 21, 2009 at 3:27 am

Bingo and wrestling; picture says it’s from 1982.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Exterior photos here, including this one: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm

The Embassy Theatre had an invitational unveiling on March 31, 1929, and opened to the public on April 1st, according to a report in The New York Times at the time: “In type of construction and interior decoration, the theatre closely follows the lines of the Italian Renaissance. It is a three-story structure of gray terra cotta. The ceiling of the auditorium is richly decorated with modeled plaster panels in polychromatic blending of Roman blue, crimson, and gold, while the side walls give the effect of highly polished Sienna marble. The Embassy is owned by the Theatres Development Corporation, of which Henry Botjer is president. The seating capacity is 2,500. Percy Viverttis was the architect and Henry G. Auf der Heide the builder.” As I noted above on 11/17/04, Loew’s Theatres took over the operating lease in June, 1930.

RichC on May 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Interesting Photo’s. I sure my memory has faded over the years but I remember the theater being located between 68 Th & 70 Th streets. I was only 4 years old at the time back in 1946 but I can still recall walking to the movies on a Sat afternoon all by myself. My grandmother would have to come to the theater & drag me back home since they would repeat the cartoons over again after the main feature.

LouL on February 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

The Theatre is still definately at 7212 Bergenline. The theatre you are thinking between 68 and 70-th could bethe Alvin. Which was listed as 32 Bergenline. But since the street numbers changed no one is really sure where it was.

Tinseltoes on February 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

The Loew’s circuit took over the Embassy in 1930 and operated it for at least twenty years, a fact that needs to be mentioned in the introduction and also in an “aka” Loew’s Embassy above the main heading.

TLSLOEWS on July 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I agree Tinseltoes A.K.A. Loews Embassy.

RichC on July 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Does anyone recall the old button factory located around 69 th street behind the theater? I’m sure the building must be gone by now.

countup on September 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

it was closed by the time i moved to the area. remember playing bingo there a couple of times.

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