Loew's State Theatre
635 Broad Street,
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The Loew’s State Theatre was part of a 1921 Loew’s building boom that included four theatres by architect Thomas W. Lamb, this one plus the flagship State Theatre in Times Square, NYC; the 83rd Street Theatre also in Manhattan on Upper Broadway; and the Gates Theatre, in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.
The Newark Loew’s State Theatre first opened on December 12, 1921, presenting vaudeville and a first-run feature movie. Due to its Loew’s affiliation, it was always considered one of the top theatres in downtown Newark. I saw my very first movie there, “The Wizard of Oz”, in its original 1939 release. I lost track of the theatre when my family moved to NYC, but I think that it remained a Loew’s for its entire lifetime. It was closed in 1977, and was demolshed in 1978.
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