Forum Theatre Arts Center

314 Main Street,
Metuchen, NJ 08840

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markp on January 25, 2014 at 2:16 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.

Peter Loewy
Peter Loewy on January 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm

My apologies! Great to hear about your eyesight

markp on January 25, 2014 at 1:23 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 24, 2014 at 2:33 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 on January 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Drove by here recently. Looks pretty dead.

longislandmovies on October 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

That means they don’t want a theater .

markp on October 8, 2012 at 9:07 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 on October 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm


RickB on June 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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

markp on June 28, 2012 at 7:12 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.

Peter Loewy
Peter Loewy on September 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Thanks for the compliment. If you go to and click on rentals at top of page there are interior shots

teecee on September 5, 2010 at 6:59 am

Went to see eat pray love last night. forgot my camera – I wanted to take some interior shots. can’t find any online. nice gold fabric walls, good lobby and concession stand. overall a nice place. hope they make it.

Peter Loewy
Peter Loewy on April 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Anyone interested in a long term lease or purchase (depending on the offer should contact me at
Photos on the website You can also leave a message at 732.548.5600

AdamBomb1701 on April 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm

The Forum has begun to play relatively current movies. If I remember, they played “The Hurt Locker” a few weeks back. Here’s the theater’s Web site:

markp on November 15, 2009 at 10:50 am

I’m interested to know who is doing your film projection? Not many of us left who know your equipment, if it is the same equipment that was there in 1983.

teecee on April 26, 2009 at 6:40 am

This theatre may reopen soon:

View link

markp on April 21, 2009 at 6:30 am

An article in todays Star-Ledger talks of the theatres reopening. They are doing a childrens show in June. It also speaks of them wanting to run films again. I wonder who they will get to do the old carbon arcs and change-overs? I’m one of the few, if not the only person left in this area who knows how to do that. And I did work in this venue prior to the current owners.

markp on April 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm

This theatre did great business with mainstream movies when I was the projectionist between 1980 to 1983, prior to it being sold.

Peter Loewy
Peter Loewy on April 6, 2009 at 12:37 pm

The Forum Theatre in Metuchen NJ is planning to reopen in the fall of 09 as movie house showing independent and award winning foreign and domestic films. We are now in the process of a capital campaign to make this 1928 vaudeville house one of the premiere theatres in the state of New Jersey. We will also be doing concerts and live children’s theatre programming.
Plans are to open a cafe and a balcony seating area with tables and chairs so patrons can relax with a bottle of wine while enjoying a movie.
We are now seeking a theatre architect to help with renovating the theatre as well as donations from individuals and corporations. We need to raise approximately 1 million dollars to complete the renovations.
Please contact me at if you would like to make either a monetary donation or a donation of time and services.
Thanks for your help.
Peter Loewy

kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 9:49 am

This January 2009 blog discusses the Forum’s current status:

markp on July 26, 2008 at 6:33 pm

The opening segment lists the seating capacity as 682, which it was when I worked there. But the above link posted by Lost Memory shows it as only 450 seats. When they started doing shows back in ‘83, they must have really blew the stage forward toward the audience.

markp on April 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm

And I agree, the Union County Arts Center is another beauty. I remember working there in its last days when it was porno. I have seen the before and after.

markp on April 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm

You know JackS124, I’m hoping someday my efforts will pay off, but I am trying to get the owners of the Ritz in Elizabeth to put on movie series and other stuff. I know they have completely renovated the entire theatre, now its just a matter of geeting shows and people. I hope this happens, because this is a place that has been saved.

JackS124 on April 21, 2008 at 7:40 pm

We do have fond memories of both theaters movie534! Maybe the County will get involved just as in Union County where the old Rahway Theatre was preserved as the Union County Arts Center. So many of the old local houses have gone, it would be a genuine shame if some effort wasn’t taken to save an old theatre like the Forum.