Count Basie Theatre

99-101 Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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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 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 on December 31, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Are the Star Trek movies in Feb 35mm?

pnelson on August 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm

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

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 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 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.