Forum Theatre Arts Center

314 Main Street,
Metuchen, NJ 08840

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The Forum Theatre opened as a combined movie and vaudeville theater in 1928. This small town movie house was revitalized as a performing arts center in the early-1990’s, but it was closed in August 2007.

After a restoration and renovation project, the Forum Theatre Arts Center reopened in the fall of 2009 as a movie theatre showing Foreign, Classics and Independent films, all projected on 35mm prints. A capital campaign was set up to make the reopened theatre one of the premiere theatres in the state of New Jersey. It also presents children’s films, concerts and live theatre programming.

The initial plan will be to open a cafe in the balcony seating area with tables and chairs, so patrons can relax with a bottle of wine while enjoying a movie. The theatre is also available for screenings.

Contributed by Erwin Markisch, Peter Loewy

Recent comments (view all 47 comments)

markp
markp on June 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

An article in todays Star Ledger talks about this theatre and shows a picture of a 23 year old with the projector. They have 6000 foot reels and looks like a newer model simplex and xenon. I guess the old E-7 and Peerless have been put to rest. Also, the kid is holdind his cell phone while threading the projector. Its no wonder I’m out of a job after 36 years.

RickB
RickB on June 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Here is a link to the online version of the Star-Ledger story.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

THEATER FOR LEASE $12,000 PER MONTHS/ DAYS MUST BE NUMBERED.

markp
markp on October 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thats an expensive lease. Such a shame. I, along with my father worked as projectionists here in the late 70’s/early80’s.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

That means they don’t want a theater .

markp
markp on January 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Drove by here recently. Looks pretty dead.

Peter Loewy
Peter Loewy on January 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Well you must been either drunk or blind and a blind man shouldn’t be driving a car. Currently we’re presenting a live stage show for kids and presenting 12 Years A Slave on our screen. We will be presenting live performances as well as films throughout the year. See an optometrist asap! That is if you can read this.

markp
markp on January 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm

My my a we bit touchy are we. I said recently, as in about a month ago. I don’t go into town much, and haven’t been in the theatre since I stopped working there in 1983. Good luck with your shows and movies. Im no longer a projectionist since digital put me out of work. Im a stagehand now working at the Newark arena and really don’t miss movies or theatres that much anymore. Oh and I just turned 55 and still have 20/20 vision and I don’t need glasses. Just sayin.

Peter Loewy
Peter Loewy on January 25, 2014 at 3:31 pm

My apologies! Great to hear about your eyesight

markp
markp on January 25, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Thank you Peter. And Im glad to see you still running movies. I do miss it a little. You don’t do a job for almost 38 years and not miss it. Are you going to convert to digital? It is my understanding that some companies already have stopped releasing movies on film. I miss the days of changeovers. Although I have been told to accept progress, I don’t see why theatres (especially independents) had to switch over. There was nothing wrong with film, other than the fact that most theatres used teenagers instead of professionals like me. But that’s all in the past. I hope you can keep film going.

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