Baronet Theatre

205 4th Avenue,
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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BARONET Theatre; Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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The Baronet Theatre opened in 1913 as the Ocean Theatre. It was renovated in 1953 by Walter Reade Circuit and was considered an Art Deco style treasure.

The auditorium seats 546 in the original recliner seats and has a stage with proscenium arch. The mirrored lobby with its huge Manley popcorn machine has been retained as original. The present owners since 1986 have recreated the theatre’s late-1950’s/early-1960’s decor.

The Mammouth County Historical Society present the Baronet theatre for its historical preservation in 1997. Sadly the Baronet Theatre was closed in the Summer of 2007. The auditorium roof caved in. in the winter of 2009, and the building was demolished in September 2010.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JVN on September 26, 2010 at 5:10 am

I posted earlier that two projectors were saved. There were actually 4 projectors that were saved. Two I believe simplex smaller looking projectors that were the projectors used when the theater first opened were saved from the booth along with the two bigger carbon arcs that last ran a few years back. Still Don’t know about the Seats.


William on September 28, 2010 at 8:07 am

Carbon arcs are not projectors, they are just lamphouses that fit behind the projector head. The projector heads were Brenkerts and the carbon arc lamphouses were Ashcraft in the booth.

LuisV on September 28, 2010 at 8:57 am

Another sad loss for Asbury. Few cities have destroyed more of their architectural treasures as Asbury Park has. In the general scheme of things, the Baronet is not a major loss; Asbury has lost a great many far, far grander properties, but it is a significant loss nonetheless. One of the things that makes Asbury Park different is its history. The more you erase, the less it has to offer. At least The Paramount appears to have been saved and is secure. That is something to be truly grateful for.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

So sorry about your loss… I think the smaller neighborhood cinemas are the ‘bread & butter’ for local merchants!

But check the San Francisco “Destroyed” list. It’s so tragic;
They lost over 30 single screen houses in less than a ten-year period; One in particular was due to ‘crooked Mayoral politics’ in City Hall. Hence, the 1929-1963 “fabulous” FOX, a 5,200 seat house was the grandest of the magnificent Fox empire!

teecee on October 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

this link has video of the demolition – so sad:

JVN on November 22, 2010 at 8:31 am

There is still one theater left besides the Paramount that goes back to the vaudeville days and that is the Savoy built in 1911. The Savoy is located at 710 Mattison Avenue inside an office building. Last used as an adult Movie House It closed in 1976. It appears to be safe from the wrecking ball for now. There is reference to trying to reopen it in the above Star Ledger Article. To own this theater you must buy the entire building and most interested theater groups do not want to do that or can’t afford the asking price. Read more At the Savoy Page on this site Cinema Treasures listing 10585. Would be nice if it gets reopened.

LuisV on January 1, 2012 at 6:47 am

The status of this theater should be changed to demolished.

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