Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre

99-101 Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 2, 2018 at 7:00 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 2, 2018 at 10:09 am

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qvrD1NEfRw

DEFG
DEFG on November 2, 2018 at 2:10 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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 1, 2018 at 11:56 am

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

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 1, 2018 at 9:08 am

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

DEFG
DEFG on October 31, 2018 at 4:29 pm

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm

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

walterk
walterk on September 21, 2017 at 11:14 am

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.

markp
markp on January 1, 2016 at 4:06 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.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 31, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Are the Star Trek movies in Feb 35mm?

pnelson
pnelson on August 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Handsome ceiling and lighting. Wall details nice too. All first class.

markp
markp on August 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

No problem walterk. And thank you for all your doing with the Ritz. Hope to see you soon.

walterk
walterk on August 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I was a guest of Basie projectionist Mark Pusillo (aka markp) for a double bill while in the area last month. I’ve just uploaded a couple of the photos I took that afternoon. Wonderful well kept venue I’d been waiting years for a chance to visit. Thanks again, Mark.

markp
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
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
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
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
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”.

Count Basie Theatre
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
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
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.

Count Basie Theatre
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 http://www.facebook.com/countbasietheatre)) :