Cinema 9

960 Route 9,
Sayreville, NJ 08879

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This strip mall theatre located on Route 9 was one of the last pornographic theatres still open in New Jersey until it closed a few years ago.

Contributed by Robert R

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kencmcintyre on January 30, 2009 at 9:16 am

Here is a myspace page for the bar. It looks like they have comedy, billiards and mechanical bull riding as well.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

I don’t believe that there is a function above for mechanical bull.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 30, 2009 at 9:37 am

It’s already is listed as a bar. No further discussion necessary.

kencmcintyre on January 30, 2009 at 9:42 am

Here is a January 2009 follow-up to the September 06 story. Click on the interior photo for a better view.

moog on March 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

Okay. I guess it’s time for me to admit to myself the movie theater will not return.

I can’t recall what the last movie I did see at Cinema 9 was. However, I remember the “Gone With The Wind” reissue in the 70’s. Warm feelings of showmanship remain such as watching the curtain close as the title card “Intermission” and the outgoing music appeared. My mom wouldn’t buy me more popcorn at intermission because of the prices. Good thing she doesn’t take me to the movies today.

Watching a midnight viewing of “Tommy” and falling asleep thanks to the pre movie beverages and other assorted chemicals consumed. I have since remained awake till the credits.

Or unable to see a Disney movie because the theater’s policy after 7 pm was that children 15 and under had to have and adult accompany them.

Looking out the car window at the marquee and wishing I can see the Rated R movies playing there. For example “Lenny”. Eventually I did see my first rated R movie at Cinema 9. The night before I was confirmed. “Saturday Night Fever”. That movie taught me words I didn’t know existed! Hey, might as well get my last sins in before the confirmation.

I have some more memories that are best saved for myself. For some reason I dreamed of this theater last night and wanted to share.

Side note, the Sayrewoods Theater (Country Buffet now closed stands in it’s spot) did play legit films occasionally.


markp on March 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Ah Lost Memory, that photo brings back memories. To clarify a few things to the above posts. Having worked here as one of the union projectionists from 1985 to 89 (as well as the Sayrewoods 80 to 89 and Amboys 85-05), I can tell you that Sayrewoods was all porn from 1973 on. This Cinema 9 theatre was porn from 1981 on. The Sayrewoods closed in 91 for the big highway reconstruction project. As for the Madison Twin Cinema, it opened in 1961 and was twinned in 75. It remained open till late 84 or early 85. All these theatre have listings here on CT.

NickyG on June 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I lived nearby in Madison Park and went to many movies there in the 70s/early 80s including some of the x rated variety. I remember seeing “Squirm” a movie about giant snakes terrorizing the people, and walking home through the woods getting terrorized a bit by some Sayreville punks.

rivest266 on September 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Cinema 9 is a common name, There one in Rock Forest and Gatineau, both in Quebec and both with nine screens.

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