Count Basie Theatre

99-101 Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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markp on January 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

The 35mm print of “Interstellar” looked and sounded FANTASTIC tonight. And of course all my changeovers were flawless. I havent lost a step in 35 years.

walterk on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

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.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 18, 2014 at 9:07 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.

markp on September 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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

markp on January 7, 2013 at 7:07 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.

kris07739 on April 4, 2011 at 7:19 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”.

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Count Basie Theatre on April 1, 2011 at 3:01 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 on April 1, 2011 at 7:52 am

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

markp on March 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

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

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Count Basie Theatre on September 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

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 :

erikljohnson on March 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

am searching for some information about a Vaudeville show that may have performed at the theatre in the late 1920’s somewhere between 1927-1929. The show was called “Jungleland” which was a traveling contortionist show. If anyone could help out, that would be great.

moog on March 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Looking forward to the March 24 presentation of “The Red Shoes”! Excited this will be my first movie at the Cound Basie.

markp on February 18, 2010 at 5:29 am

Last nights showing of “The Maltese Falcon” looked and sounded great. Nice crowd too. Next week “North By Northwest” with yours truly at the projection helm once again.

markp on April 28, 2009 at 6:02 am

Tonight at 7:30 ‘American Graffitti’ in Cinemascope on the giant screen. I’ll be the projectionist.

markp on April 11, 2009 at 7:11 am

To MBD from March 25, 2009, at least when I’m there they get a great presentation. Thats what 34 years or expierience will get you.

On another note, I was just informed that the last movie “Pretty in Pink” will now be a DVD. Why dont they just call it a DVD festival and be done with it.

mdvoskin on March 25, 2009 at 11:33 am

most people today don’t know or care if its film or video

True, but they do care about good and bad presentation. What most people don’t do is complain about poor presentation, they just don’t come back.

markp on March 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I’m sorry screeningroom, because for me as the house projectionist, it means not only a days pay lost, but also more important, the joy of running reel-to-reel the way film should be shown. The problem is that the sponser only gave the theatre so much money to work with. I’ve been told that to ship the film prints back and forth costs a lot, and it chews the budget up. I agree that if its advertised as a FILM series, then it should be shown on FILM. But most of todays public, except for us true film and palace lovers here on CT, most people today dont know or care if its film or video. And thats really the true sadness of it all.

Seatoncinema on March 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm

WOW, that really is a shame about TITANIC and video projection. What gives? 35mm prints ARE available. This epic DESERVES 35mm projection to appreciate all that went into this wonderful production. I don’t understand this logic(?) with video projection, ESPECIALLY when it is advertised in local papers as a “FILM Program”. I’ll skip that trip, even for free.

markp on March 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I know you’re not blaming me Bob, and believe me I’m not taking it that way. I can only tell them what to do, how to do, and hope they do. Beyond that, Oh well…

As I said elsewhere here on CT, if the Ritz in Elizabeth ever gets going, and I have a say in the projection, well I will bring in anyone who wants to help do it right. From start to finish.

BobFurmanek on March 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

Movie534: I’m not blaming you personally, and I know that you are doing your best. It’s just frustrating that they have such a great booth and SO much potential to do it right.

markp on March 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

I was just informed this morning that “Titanic” will now be a DVD and not 35MM. Sorry folks.

markp on March 9, 2009 at 7:39 am

Again Bob, this venues main fare is stage. And I don’t think they have a bonafide film programmer. They are given a very small budget to work with, and try to make it work. I know part of the problem is the cost of shipping the films. And I agree with you about Zhivago. I remember running it when I first became a projectionist in ‘76. What I did with that intermission, and curtains , it was remarkable. And I know the Union County Arts Center also ran it a few years back, and had a decent print. But I am just the house projectionist, and do what I can, with what I have.

BobFurmanek on March 9, 2009 at 7:25 am

Why would a film programmer book academy ratio films when they don’t have the appropriate lens to present it properly? That’s very poor showmanship.

Dial M was intended for 1.85 presentation so I’m sure it looked fine.

Running DVD’s is pretty sad too. The Lafayette in Suffern, New York ran a beautiful 35mm print of DR. ZHIVAGO a few years ago.

With all the money spent on that booth, it’s a shame they couldn’t spring for a pair of lenses and plates to do this properly.

markp on March 9, 2009 at 7:05 am

Unfortunately Bob, I had no choice but to show it in 1.85 because I do not have the lens selection to do 1.33 or 1.37. It makes me sick as well, but you must remember, this is a stage venue, that only does this once a year, and even that, all the movies are not 35mm, some are DVD. I just ran ‘Robin Hood’ from 1938 and ‘Dial M for Murder’ 1954 yesterday. I made it look as good as I could. I tried using the back-up from the ‘scope’ lens with the scope aperture, but I ended up with picture all over the place. I even tried the scope aperture with the flat lens, but to no avail. So I went with what fit the screen. But I will say this, not to toot my own horn, but man my changeovers were crisp.