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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jbh1372 on June 7, 2009 at 7:03 am

I went there every weekend as a teen ager. You had to call for the movie times – the number was always busy so you had to dial it a thousand times to get thru. I can still remember it – 908-322-7007! Next door was a head shop called “forever changes” . Our parent forbid us to go in but we would get dropped off early for the movies so we could go and look at the “paraphanalia”.

TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Any photos anyone?

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 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 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.

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