Hyway Theater

2260 Broadway,
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

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Hyway Theater

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The Hyway Theater opened in late-1941 as a single screen movie theater. It’s a theater I used to go to every Saturday in the late-1940’s and early-1950’s to see double features, cartoons, and serials.

The Hyway Theater was closed in around 2007.

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CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on July 20, 2009 at 4:46 am

I wish someone could post some pictures of this theater when it was in its “heyday”. I can’t imagine what it must have looked like. Right now the false facade is ripped off the front of the theater facing Broadway/Route 4. You can see that the original building had some kind of curving front where I assume the marquee was (and I think is confirmed by the 1986 photo posted by ‘Lost Memory’ where it appears like the titles gently “curve” around the front of the building). I’d like to know what made the owners sell. Although I really didn’t like this theater (it was a fairly typical neighborhood place, not overly well maintained but OK), I picked up my daughter once after she and some friends saw a movie and there was quite a crowd. This was only about 2 years ago.

markp
markp on July 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

The owner of the theatre where I work knows the owners of this former theatre. They weren’t going to invest the money needed for digital projection, and they got a boat load of money for the building. Its like anything else today, show me the money.

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on July 21, 2009 at 4:56 am

Money. That makes sense because it certainly wasn’t due to attendance being off. It was a decent, neighborhood place that people in the area could actually walk to. And the outside was never dirty or anything. Sad that it took money to finally bring it down.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on July 21, 2009 at 6:28 am

The opening of the AMC Garden State Plaza 16 effectively killed the Hyway because AMC now had booking clearance over them and the Hyway would not have been able to get the top films any longer.

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on December 8, 2009 at 4:54 am

You’d never know a theater existed here if you saw it now. They’ve done a complete renovation on the site effectively wiping out anything from the theater.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Had it stayed open, The Hyway would’ve faced even more competition from Regal’s first ever theater in Paramus.

reluctantpopstar
reluctantpopstar on August 31, 2016 at 12:27 am

I have a very distinct memory of seeing “Jaws” here in 1975 at age nine. One of the first instances of intense blockbuster style marketing that we now take for granted. Huge posters, cardboard lobby standees, souvenirs for sale. Ice cream available for sale in “sharklate, finilla or Jawsberry.”

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 12, 2017 at 11:29 am

35 years ago yesterday ET played here on one screen while Conan continued to play on another. Later on, ET would be played on two screens due to popular demand and the rest is history.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

The Hyway opened in late 1941, and was mostly completed by the time the USA entered WWII. Operated by the Fabian division of Warner Bros. Theatres, it had Sidney Schenker as architect.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Is he still alive?

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