Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre

99-101 Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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markp on January 10, 2019 at 3:03 pm

I was told a little more than 775 people for last nights second night showing.

HowardBHaas on January 9, 2019 at 10:28 pm

The movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” sold out every seat last night here! 2nd screening tonight, with many seats already sold out. The theater has 7.1 surround sound so should be a marvelous experience.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 3, 2018 at 2:00 am

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 3, 2018 at 1:56 am

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

DavidZornig on November 2, 2018 at 5:09 pm

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


moviebuff82 on November 1, 2018 at 6:56 pm

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

HowardBHaas on November 1, 2018 at 4:08 pm

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

DavidZornig on October 30, 2018 at 7:45 pm

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

walterk on September 21, 2017 at 7:14 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.

markp on January 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

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 January 1, 2016 at 3:39 am

Are the Star Trek movies in Feb 35mm?

pnelson on August 31, 2015 at 2:43 am

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

markp on August 30, 2015 at 8:15 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 8:00 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 14, 2015 at 4:30 am

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 6:27 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.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm

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 10:34 pm

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

markp on January 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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 3:19 pm

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 11:01 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 3:52 pm

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

markp on March 31, 2011 at 3:48 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 30, 2011 at 12:42 am

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 7:42 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)) :