Center Theatre

562 Bloomfield Avenue,
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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

This theater is closed now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 14, 2005 at 6:27 am

I think there should be an aka for Roberts Lost Picture Show. From what I have read, the Center theater was a legit theater and only became a movie theater when it was called Roberts Lost Picture Show. 12 Miles West Theatre Company has a website here:
http://12mileswest.org/

teecee
teecee on March 11, 2005 at 6:15 pm

Listed in the 1951 FDY as having 955 seats and located at 560 Bloomfield Avenue.

micohen
micohen on January 26, 2005 at 8:45 pm

Yes, the Royal Theatre sounds correct. I am curious about the address given above for the Center Theater – wasn’t this one on Bloomfield Avenue also? Is the Belmont Avenue address a mistake?

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[Deleted] on January 26, 2005 at 6:25 pm

The Lost Picture Show was a twin screen theatre that closed in 2004. The current occupants of this theatre are 12 Miles West Theatre Company. The seating for the current theatre is 398; 99 up and 299 down.

Perhaps micohen is thinking of the Royal Theatre which was located at 614 Bloomfield Ave.

micohen
micohen on January 26, 2005 at 4:35 pm

Wasn’t there another theater in Bloomfield, a few blocks west of this one on Bloomfield Ave? I’m pretty sure I saw “Natural Born Killers” there in 1994, but when I drove by recently there was no sign of it in any form – I think it must have been completely torn down.