Hollywood Theatre

1525 Atlantic Avenue,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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The Hollywood Theatre was located on Atlantic Avenue, next to the smaller Colonial Theatre (later renamed the Center Theatre).

The Hollywood Theatre opened in 1936, as a last run theatre, owned by Harry Waxman, and was designed by Philadelphia architect David Supowitz. The old Aldine Theatre was gutted to the walls, for the remodel. The marquee and vertical were both huge, and brilliantly lit with neon. A 1936 photograph shows the marquee advertizing ‘Stage Presentation Revue’ and ‘De Luxe Stage Shows’ and ‘Pops and Louie’, ‘The Danwills’, Hickey Bros', Al Verdi & Co' and then on three lines ‘Mary Astor’ in “Lady From Nowhere” with ‘Charles Quigley’. Inside there were murals depicting Arabian Nights.

The Hollywood Theatre closed in 1977, the weeks after Memorial Day weekend with “King Kong” as its last feature. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan, Howard B. Haas

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EMarkisch
EMarkisch on July 12, 2004 at 11:29 am

I believe that the approximate dating of the photo of the Atlantic City Hollywood and Colonial theaters should be late February to late March of 1947. The clues to this dating being that there is snow on the ground and the main feature on the marquee of the Colonial appears to be “THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS”. This Warner feature premiered on December 25, 1946 and went into general release on February 8, 1947. Although it was reissued by Dominant Pictures in 1956, the photo looks more 40’s than mid 1950’s.

RickB
RickB on July 12, 2004 at 12:39 pm

The Hollywood building was up until at least the early ‘80s—I remember seeing it out the window on a casino bus trip. It was not open when I saw it, but that was during the winter and it might still have been open seasonally. If it has not been demolished since then, it has been converted to another use. The last cinema to operate in Atlantic City was the Beach Theatre, which was gutted by a fire in the late '80s or early '90s.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 21, 2004 at 4:48 pm

The last year the Hollywood was open was 1977. The opened on Memorial day weekend with King KOng and closed the following week with no explaination
Does anybody have any other information on the other Atlantic CIty theaters, the Roxy, Apollo, Virgina, Strand, Beach. Please e mail me at

RickB
RickB on December 11, 2004 at 8:54 pm

Status can be made Closed/Demolished. This block of Atlantic Avenue is now occupied by a strip mall and its parking lots.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 9, 2006 at 6:07 pm

Here is another photo of the Hollywood, from 1951:
http://206.103.49.193/odds/nj/htm/acs39.htm

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 11, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Here is a blurb from Boxoffice magazine, April 1950:

Harry Waxmann is remodeling his Hollywood Theater in Atlantic City, so that the house will be in tip-top condition when the summer season begins.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 24, 2010 at 5:17 am

A January 6, 1951, Boxoffice item about Harry Waxmann says that the Hollywood Theatre opened as the Royal in 1930, was bought by Waxmann in 1934 and remodeled. It doesn’t give the year of remodeling but it was certainly the 1936 project by David Supowitz, which is one of four remodeling projects illustrating an article by the architect in Boxoffice of July 25, 1936.

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