Count Basie Theatre

99-101 Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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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 theater 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.

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Count Basie Theatre on September 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Dug up or found at various times over the years, after being long-hidden in the cavernous spaces of Count Basie Theatre. (More found in photo albums at http://www.facebook.com/countbasietheatre)) :

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I gues in those days you didn’t have idiots that threw GUM on the Screen.

markp
markp on March 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

The movie looked fantastic on screen tonight. I was proud to have projected it.

kris07739
kris07739 on April 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

I am attending the free screening tonight. What time should I arrive for a 7pm start? Will they sell concessions?

Count Basie Theatre
Count Basie Theatre on April 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Hello Kris, I apologize for only receiving your comment just now but yes concessions will be available. The film starts at 7pm, seating begins @ 6:30pm and doors open at 6pm. But most people usually arrive about 5-10 minutes before the movie. Enjoy the show!

kris07739
kris07739 on April 4, 2011 at 8:19 am

We attended on Friday night and the screen , projection and sound were amazing! My fellow audience members, not so much. Perhaps the Count Basie Foundation should include “no one under the age of age permitted”.

markp
markp on January 7, 2013 at 8:07 am

Tonight, Monday Jan 7 and tom'w Jan 8, I am screening 2 films, both in 35mm. I will be there after 2 pm to begin inspecting them. I believe tonights movie is “West of Memphis” and tom'w is “Neil Youngs Journey.” Hope to see you all there.

markp
markp on September 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

New Christie digital projector installed as of early sept. We have kept the 2 35mm projectors also.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

Looking forward to “2001” tonight at the Count Basie Theatre. It’ll be my first time there. Hope the screen is as big as it looks from the photos of the stage curtains.

walterk
walterk on March 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I found mention of the opening of the Carlton in the November 27, 1926 issue of the Motion Picture News giving the date as November 11, 1926. This was the 30th theatre in the Walter Reade chain, all but one or two of them in New Jersey. According to the mention, Keith-Albee vaudeville, feature films and short subjects formed the house policy for presentations. I hope the Basie has a film presentation the next time I’m visiting relatives in the area, this looks like a great venue to experience. Hopefully it will be a night they fire up the 35mm projectors.

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