Elwood Theatre

642 Broadway,
Newark, NJ 07104

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Elwood Theatre

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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 on June 25, 2005 at 8:00 am

Sorry to say that the Elwood theatre is no more. Demolished in the mid 80’s now has a White Castle on the site. I really hated to see it demolished.

LUISMEL on July 28, 2007 at 12:39 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.

LUISMEL on August 6, 2007 at 5:06 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.


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

LUISMEL on March 14, 2009 at 3:00 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 on September 30, 2010 at 11:01 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 on February 28, 2013 at 4:11 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 on March 23, 2013 at 4:45 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 on March 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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

Vaudevillan on April 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

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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