Blue Star Cinema

1701-65 US Highway 22,
Watchung, NJ 07060

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Blue Star Cinema

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Opened in 1964, the Blue Star Cinema was closed in 1998.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Any photos anyone?

Jamestow
Jamestow on March 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

i saw many movies at Blue Star, the most memorable being Apocalypse Now. Spent a lot of my youth at E J Korvettes, and Blue Star Bowling Lanes. Also bought cards at the knitting store near Korvettes. I couldn’t go to the SC until I got my license in 1966.
Before then, when to the Plainfield theaters that TC refers to. Many childhood Saturday matinees at the Strand and buying candy at Sav-On Drugs next store because it was cheaper. It’s all gone now.
I grew up in North Plainfield and now live in Westfield.

joker
joker on June 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

there is a facebook page Remember The Blue Star Cinema theres photos too here is the link View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Another Great General Cinema.

markp
markp on March 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I worked here as a projectionist from 1992 thru 94.

shany94
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
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
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
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
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.

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