Menlo Park Twin Cinema

390 Menlo Park Mall,
Edison, NJ 08837

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Menlo Park Cinema Box Office Lobby - 1991

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Opened October 12, 1961. 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 that was later twinned in the mid-1970’s. It played exclusive engagements of both “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back”, the latter in 70mm.

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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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm

If somebody out there still has pictures of this place, I’d love to see them.

markp on March 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Thinking about this place the other day. Something I remembered. The first 2 full time projectionists here were Abe Levine and Joe Gazi. They worked there from the time it opened till April 1989. That’s when myself, Mark Pusillo and my partner Ed Hawley came in and ran it till it closed 2 years later. In 30 years this theatre only had 2 sets of full time projectionists. Of course there were many like Jerry Kampo and my father Joe Pusillo, as well as Ed’s father Ted Hawley who did relief work. Had they lasted just 2 more years, they would have seen it from beginning to end. I know Mr. Gazi died in Oct 1989, but Mr Levine was there on closing night bidding it farewell.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Some really great stories,,as always the ones from old theatre folks are the best to read,I can relate to so many and the ones that JERRY couldn’t print here I bet anyone in the business for several years has witnessed.LOL.

filmakr1 on June 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Hey everyone, just uploaded 3 pics of our fav theatre for all of us to remember … shot in late 1991. Just passed by the location a week ago, along route 1. I can’t stand the site of what sits there now!

Joe S. (Filmakr1)

unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

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 12:15 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 1:35 pm

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

dbrower on January 29, 2014 at 11:20 pm

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 3:34 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 11:51 am

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.

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