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 closed on November 30, 1991.

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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dbrower
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
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
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.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm

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

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on August 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm

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

vwllssknght
vwllssknght on June 24, 2018 at 8:51 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
markp on June 25, 2018 at 3:43 pm

I remember working there when that was playing.

markp
markp on February 10, 2019 at 5:39 am

Closed on Nov 30,1991. I was there the night it closed. I was one of the two projectionists that worked there.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 4, 2019 at 10:11 pm

Opened as a twin with on screen 1 with “The front” and screen 2 with “A clockwork orange”. Markp, do you remember what movies were playing on tne last day of operation of this cinema?

markp
markp on May 5, 2019 at 4:16 am

davidcoppock, I seem to remember in Cinema 1 The Five Heartbeats. That seems to ring a bell. Cant seem to recall what was in Cinema 2.

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