Elwood Theatre

642 Broadway,
Newark, NJ 07104

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Situated in the outskirts of Newark, the Elwood Theatre first opened in August, 1931, with a policy of second-run double features. I have no other information about it, but it was the very first movie theatre that I ever attended. My parents took me there to see Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” during its first go-round. More than sixty years later, I still have occasional nightmares about the cackling witch and the poisoned apple.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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LUISMEL
LUISMEL on July 28, 2007 at 9:39 am

Just past by where the building once stood and the building right next to it has 565 so im sure it can’t be 164.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 2, 2007 at 10:48 am

The address for the Elwood displayed at oldnewark.com seems to be correct. The address given in various editions of the Directory of Motion Picture Theatres—Metropolitan Territory is also 642 Broadway. The 1957 FDYB’s claim of 164 Broadway was obviously wrong. I hope that the address in the introduction can be corrected so that the Elwood Theatre maps accurately. Incidentally, the Elwood’s phone number in 1941 was reported as HUmboldt 3-1222.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 6, 2007 at 8:36 am

Thanks to the accurate address of 642 Broadway (still not changed in the introduction above), I was able to chart my very first movie-going experience. It turns out that our house on Tiffany Boulevard was only 1.2 miles from the Elwood, and it would have taken my father about three minutes to drive us there to see Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There was probably a co-feature, but I doubt that we stayed since I was only four and wouldn’t have been able to sit through two movies. “Snow White” was traumatic enough with its wicked witch.

LUISMEL
LUISMEL on August 6, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Just past by where the building once stood and the building right next to it has 565 so im sure it can’t be 164.

Edit:

Want to correct this it is actually 656, so yes 642 would be the correct address.

LUISMEL
LUISMEL on March 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Here’s is where the Elwood Theater once stand now as you can see is a White Castle look at the image View link

Oleksij
Oleksij on September 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

I went to the Elwood several times in the late 1960s. I remember seeing “Born Free” there a couple of times, as well as “To Sir, with Love,” and “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!” I remember it as being a very modern-looking theatre, so I am surprised to see that it was built in the 1930s.

And yes, the 642 address is correct, because that is the corner of Washington and Elwood.

LUISMEL
LUISMEL on February 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Actually the Elwood Theater was located at the corner of Elwood and Broadway which once you would cross into Belleville it becomes Washington.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on March 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The Elwood was used in 1954 as a case study by the local Altec service team for stereophonic sound: http://www.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1954-5-8&page_no=154#page_start

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on March 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Harry Katz, the man in charge of the projection booth, was Jerry Lewis' uncle!

Vaudevillan
Vaudevillan on April 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

Luismel is correct. It is now a White Castle. It is near the Belleville border but not close enough to just cross over. It is about 5 blocks from border. Saw Texas Chain Saw Massacre & Exorcist there (originals).

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