Menlo Park Twin Cinema

390 Menlo Park Mall,
Edison, NJ 08837

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Menlo Park Cinema Box Office Lobby - 1991

Opened October 12, 1961 with Kirk Douglas in “Spartacus”. This large theatre sat at the corner of US Route 1 and Parsonage Road in Edison, outside the Menlo Park Mall. It was one of Northern New Jersey’s large, prestigious theatres. It played exclusive engagements of both “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back”, the latter in 70mm. It was twinned November 2, 1976.

It was demolished after Cineplex Odeon opened a 12-screen multiplex theatre in the newly rebuilt Menlo Park Mall around late-1991.

Contributed by Tim Quan

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unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I could cry. Thank you for whomever uploaded those pics. I have had MANY fond memories of the General Cinemas Menlo Park Twin. This is where I was first graced with “The Empire Strikes Back” in May 1980, which was a memorable day for me. I’m from Newark, but my mother loved the Woodbridge Mall, so she would take me to this cinema if it was on the agenda that day to see a movie and go to the mall. I saw many films here, off-hand “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Cocoon”, “The Fly”, “Predator”…I remember hitting the theater during its final months in ‘91…I saw “Dead Again” and the last film I’d see there would be “The Commitments”…I think it closed right after that.

unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I just uploaded the Exclusive Engagement poster for “The Empire Strikes Back”…I remember seeing this poster displayed on an easel in the lobby. You can see the Menlo Park info on the bottom right.

rivest266 on September 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

October 12th, 1961 opening ad uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

dbrower on January 30, 2014 at 2:20 am

My mom used to dump my sister and me there when she went shopping at the mall. I remember seeing a bunch of James Bond there, notably a Russia w/love and Goldfinger double-header. Then we’d go up to the IHOP.

Paul on October 11, 2016 at 6:34 pm

I grew up in the area and went to the newer movie theater many times throughout the years, but sadly, have no recollection of this older theater. Too bad, but thanks for the photo and for posting this.

moviebuff82 on May 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm

40 years ago this thursday Star Wars had its debut in Central Jersey at this venue, along with Empire in 80 and Jedi in 83. Its successor later played the special editions as well as the prequels and sequels.

rivest266 on August 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm

Better quality version of the grand opening ad can be seen below:

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rivest266 on August 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm

This became a twin cinema on November 2nd, 1976. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

vwllssknght on June 24, 2018 at 11:51 pm

Thanks for sharing those photos, Joe! I saw my first movie there—at the tender age of three—Alien, in 1979. My father probably shouldn’t have taken me, as I remember being terrified, but also fascinated and a sci-fi/horror fan ever since. I still have the stubs, which my mother saved in a scrapbook. How nice, and sad, it is to see photos of this theater.

markp on June 25, 2018 at 6:43 pm

I remember working there when that was playing.

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