Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre

99 Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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Basie Projectionist Mark Pusillo

The 1,783-seat Carlton Theatre opened November 11, 1926 with Richard Dix in “The Quarterback”. It featured both movies and vaudeville. It was a Walter Reade theatre. After a successful multi-decade run, the theatre closed in 1970.

Three years later, it was purchased by the Monmouth County Arts Council and renamed the Monmouth Arts Center. It was later renamed once again, as the Count Basie Theatre, after the famed Red Bank native and now features live dramatic and musical performances.

The Count Basie Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 24, 2009.

In September 2017 ground was broken to construct a second auditorium adjacent to the theatre. The theatre has been renamed Count Basie Center for the Arts.

Contributed by William Dahn

Recent comments (view all 91 comments)

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

The movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” sold out every seat last night here! 2nd screening tonight, with many seats already sold out. The theater has 7.1 surround sound so should be a marvelous experience.

markp
markp on January 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

I was told a little more than 775 people for last nights second night showing.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 20, 2020 at 6:11 am

9 films for Awards season! From Jan 21 thru Feb 6. One time screenings of each at 7 PM, check website. Toy Story 4, Honeyland, American Factory, Judy, Marriage Story, Parasite,The Lighthouse, The Two Popes, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 22, 2020 at 1:02 pm

The website does not refer to a health provider. I checked photos via google of the marquee, and I don’t see the health provider name there either. Count Basie, that I see.

Khnemu
Khnemu on January 22, 2020 at 6:17 pm

It was renamed in 2018, but seems like it’s the name of the main auditorium, but the new name is also on the marquee as well now, in smaller lettering.

https://www.app.com/story/entertainment/2018/10/26/count-basie-center-main-stage-red-bank-gets-new-name/1778382002/

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 7, 2020 at 3:07 pm

The website says Count Basie Center for the Arts.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 7, 2020 at 4:59 pm

Who are you? The theater name police? This is getting tiresome

markp
markp on February 7, 2020 at 7:27 pm

The entire complex is called Count Basie Center for the Arts. The original main auditorium is referred to as Hackensack Medical Center Theatre. More people know it as Count Basie theater than HMCT.

markp
markp on February 8, 2020 at 7:34 am

Cinecommcentre there is still all the 35mm stuff there. I haven’t looked in that cabinet in 5 years which is the last time we ran 35mm. Im not sure about books. As I said I haven’t been into the cabinet in years. No need to now that the use the Digital projector exclusively.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 29, 2020 at 4:32 pm

November 11th, 1926 grand opening ad posted.

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