Central Theatre

271 Central Avenue,
Jersey City, NJ 07307

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Central Theatre Auditorium

The Central Theatre was one of the two neighborhood movie theatres on Central Avenue. It was opened April 30, 1921 with Thomas Meighan in “The City of Silent Men” plas vaudeville on the stage. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It operated until the 1960’s. It was located on the west side of Central Avenue between Hutton Street and Sherman Place.

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William on February 4, 2004 at 3:11 pm

The Central Theatre was located at 271 Central Ave. and it seated 1961 people.

teecee on July 5, 2005 at 8:37 am

On 11/30/1920, a Wurlitzer organ, opus 369, was installed in the “National” Central Theater in Jersey City.

Bwayniteowl on January 23, 2006 at 6:07 pm

There is a parking lot at this address.

teecee on March 10, 2006 at 5:35 pm

1942 ad, courtesy of Bill Huelbig – see upper right under Warner:

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Still listed in the 1956 FDY as a Warner Theatre.

teecee on March 10, 2006 at 5:46 pm

1959 ad (center) courtesy of Bill Huelbig:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 7:54 am

According to the records of the New York Terra Cotta Company, the Central Theatre was designed by E.C. Horne & Sons. It was opened in 1920.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 28, 2011 at 4:46 am

The July, 1921, issue of Architecture and Building has a brief article about the Central Theatre and a portfolio of several photographs. I now think that E. C. Horne and Sons must have designed only the building the theater was in, as the article identifies the architect of the theater itself to Eugene De Rosa.

rivest266 on February 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm

This opened on April 30th, 1921. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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