Center Theatre

562 Bloomfield Avenue,
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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Recently leased by the 12 Miles West Theatre Company. The theatre opened in 1931 as the Center Theatre. Most recently operated as a movie theatre by the Roberts Theatres named the Lost Picture Show. The converted balcony will eventually become a 99 seat second stage for the 12 Miles theatre. The 12 Miles West Theatre Company is a not for profit arts organization founded in 1992. The Center Theatre was closed by August 2013.

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teecee
teecee on July 7, 2005 at 11:15 am

The Center Theater, about three blocks away, runs Indian films, some with English subtitles, exclusively.
The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), July 26, 1998 p039

moviesmovies
moviesmovies on July 19, 2005 at 3:47 am

Wan’t there also a ‘Lost Picture Show’ theater in Union, N.J.?

pbubny
pbubny on December 2, 2005 at 3:47 am

My experience with the Center predates its being twinned. It was an okay neighborhood theatre, never very comfortable, that got kinda run down by the time I stopped going there in the late ‘80s. I think it may have switched to all-Indian films before Roberts bought it, twinned it and renamed it the Lost Picture Show (I’ve been to the original Lost Picture Show in Union, which I believe is now closed). It had been in the downtown area of Bloomfield probably since the 1930s, and while it probably did have live shows in its early years—as I recall, it had a stage although the screen was pretty far forward in the stage area—my experience with it was strictly as a moviegoer. I grew up in Bloomfield, and so this was within walking distance for me. I recall seeing “Taxi Driver,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoos’s Nest,” “The Exorcist,” “Black Sunday,” “Sorcerer,” and a couple dozen other movies there in the late '70s and early '80s. Probably about 500 seats including a balcony, decent-sized 'scope screen (no curtain) and sightlines, cramped lobby. Did not get stereo sound until after Roberts bought it; in fact, sound and projection got progressively more murky from about 1983 on.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 2:35 am

Listed in the 1970 Film Daily Yearbook as part of Triangle Theatre Service Inc.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:58 am

Listed as part of Rapf & Ruden in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

MMAC
MMAC on January 16, 2008 at 8:28 pm

New owner as of 1/8/2008
Multi Media Arts Center, LLC
www.TheMMAC.net
973-748-MMAC

headwaiter
headwaiter on July 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I seem to recall seeing my first movie at this theatre. My older sister took me to see Pinnochio when I was about 5. This would have been about 1962

EsseXploreR
EsseXploreR on August 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

This theater is closed now

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on November 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I recently called the bank holding the note on the theater to see if it was available to rent, I was informed that the theater is a complete wreck inside. The roof has caved in, No HVAC systems, Electric system is shot out, Anything and everything is gone seats, screen etc. Also it is a haven for junkies and homeless. Needles, trash and human waste litter the place. I was told that ½ million was still owed on the property and the place would need a minimum of 1 million to restore it. It will up for auction very soon to be sold only as a “shell” to renovate. I was surprised because from the street the lobby, box office area and office was in decent condition. Shame another theater bites the dust.

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