Hollywood Theatre

1525 Atlantic Avenue,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

A photo of the Hollywood’s auditorium is marked #4 in this 1936 collection: boxofficemagazine

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 24, 2010 at 2:17 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.

kencmcintyre on December 11, 2008 at 4:53 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.

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2006 at 3:07 pm

Here is another photo of the Hollywood, from 1951:

RickB on December 11, 2004 at 5:54 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark on October 21, 2004 at 1:48 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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 12, 2004 at 10:31 am

The Hollywood was situated at 1525 Atlantic Avenue, and had 1,712 seats, according to the 1954 Film Daily Year Book. But earlier editions say 1,500 seats…The Colonial was operated by Warner Brothers Theatres, so “The Beast With Five Fingers” was likely in its original 1946-47 release.

RickB on July 12, 2004 at 9:39 am

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.

EMarkisch on July 12, 2004 at 8:29 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.