Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre

99-101 Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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Interior of Count Basie Theatre

The 1,783-seat Carlton Theatre opened November 11, 1926, featuring 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 constuct a second auditorium adjacent to the theatre. On October 10, 2018 it was renamed Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre.

Contributed by William Dahn

Recent comments (view all 83 comments)

markp on January 1, 2016 at 6:06 am

I highly doubt it HowardBHaas. As the house projectionist I can almost guarentee they with be digital or blu ray. Too much money to ship the film and pay me to inspect them. With the other format all I do is start them. I dont even load them. Yup, welcome to the world of digital.

walterk on September 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

Here’s an article from today’s Asbury Park Press about yesterday’s ground breaking ceremony for a $23 million expansion of the Basie, which will include second performance space located in a new Arts and Education Building adjacent to the theatre. This pretty much doubles the size of the performing arts center. A nice addition to the Basie, which celebrates its 91st anniversary as a theatre in 7 weeks. The article includes a short video and slide show of the ceremony and plans.

DavidZornig on October 30, 2018 at 2:45 pm

1956 photo as Reade’s Carlton added, credit New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

DEFG on October 31, 2018 at 6:29 pm

This theatre is now named “The Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre” as of 26 October 2018.

HowardBHaas on November 1, 2018 at 11:08 am

article about name change https://www.redbankgreen.com/2018/10/red-bank-basie-marquee/

moviebuff82 on November 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Nice name for a theater. Glad that this theater has been around while others like the Fox and Oritani, are gone.

DEFG on November 2, 2018 at 4:10 am

Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Theatre is not the name of the theatre. It is only Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre. It is part of the Count Basie Center for the Arts which also is not part of the theatre name.

DavidZornig on November 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Unveiling of the marquee in this video. Comments were disabled…


Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 2, 2018 at 8:56 pm

The name State appears on the front of the building, near the top. Was this house ever called the State?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 2, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Never mind, I found the information in the article posted above, to wit:

Let’s not forget that the original motion-picture house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was dubbed the State Theater during its construction — that name is still visible in stone above the marquee — but opened in 1926 as the Carlton Theatre, and was rebranded yet again as the Monmouth Arts Center, the name given upon reopening after a three-year shutdown in the 1970s.

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