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The Oritani Theatre first opened in 1926 and was designed by architect William Lehman. Named for a local and long deceased Indian chief, the theatre had a single floor auditorium, the ceiling of which sported a tent-like dome made from fireproof fabric.
For most of its life, the Oritani Theatre was operated by Stanley-Warner as Hackensack’s main rival to the larger Fox Theatre, which was directly across the street. Twinned in the mid-1970’s, it was then tripled before the Oritani Theatre closed in 1983, by which time it was part of the merged RKO-Stanley Warner-Century Theatres company.
The auditoriun was demolished in 1985, leaving the front section of the building and its foyer in retail use.
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