Blue Star 1-4 Cinemas

1701-65 US Highway 22,
Watchung, NJ 07060

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Blue Star 1-4 Cinemas

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The Cinema opened July 15, 1964 in the Blue Star Shopping Center. The opening movie was Peter Sellers in “A Shot in the Dark”. It was twinned on August 29, 1973. On November 4, 1977 it became a triple screen theatre. On October 22, 1982 it was expanded to 4-screens and closed as the Blue Star 1-4 Cinemas in 1998.

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markp on March 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I worked here as a projectionist from 1992 thru 94.

shany94 on May 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Saw many movies here over the years – Superman, Firebirds, Batman, The Crow, True Lies, Eraser, The Rocketeer – too many to name. It was one of the theaters of choice when I was a kid growing up in north Jersey. I do remember going to Blue Star in 1998 to see the new Godzilla film, but was told the projector wasn’t working – little did I know the place was about to close for good.

unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

Growing up in Newark, there were three or four theaters that were closer to me than the Blue Star Cinema. When I did travel far, I always went to the Menlo Park Cinema. The first time I went to the Blue Star was in January of ‘87…to see “Little Shop of Horrors”, I thought it was a cool theater so I started going there for a bit, saw “Lethal Weapon”, “Hunt for Red October”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, “Strange Days”…few others. The last film I saw there, I went on a date to see “Great Expectations”…I think it closed shortly after that.

Adamsdad on May 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Blue Star Shopping Center opened in 1959.

Groundbreaking for the 1,250-seat theater was August 22, 1963 (“Watchung”, by David B. Page)

rrettino on June 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

Adamsdad-Thanks for the info. I knew it opened sometime in late 63 or early 64 because I saw It’s A Mad, Mad….World there in the winter of 64. It’s ironic that I ending up working there part time as a projectionist from 1977 until the day it closed in 1998.

markp on October 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm

This week marks 16 years since this theatre closed. A question: If the original theatre was 1250 seats, shouldn’t the seat count be higher since they added an addition to the building in the early 70’s ? I think that was a 500 seat addition? Maybe rrettino would know.

rivest266 on October 22, 2016 at 1:07 pm

This opened on July 15th, 1964. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

August 29th, 1973 grand opening ad as a twin cinema in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 23, 2016 at 9:45 am

November 4th, 1977 grand opening ad as a 3-plex also in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 23, 2016 at 1:01 pm

4 screens on October 22nd, 1982. No ad.

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