Windsor Theatre

252 Main Street,
West Orange, NJ 07052

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Main vaulted auditorium portion still stands on Main Street at the corner of Erwin Place, but the lobby has been demolished and removed. After it closed in the 1950’s, it became the Admiral Benbow Inn, and later the Carnaby Street Disco. Today it is the home of Eisler and Company, which distributes confectioners' products for convenience stores.

Contributed by Don Dorflinger

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jimmyt
jimmyt on February 4, 2005 at 5:04 pm

The Windsor opened circa 1927 as the Llewellyn, beacme the Edison in the early thirties, and the Windsor around 1939. It featured an elaborate proscenium arch flanked by two double sets of corinthian columns and two large ornate grilles masked a water driven air cooling system. the 1000 seat auditorium also featured burgundy colored tapestry displays on three walls, and an oval lighting dome in the ceiling. The Windsor fared well as a subsequent run neighborhood movie house until the mid fifties and the Windsor run came to an end with the house operating on weekends only in its final season. The theater was renovated in 1957 to accomodate live plays, seating was reduced to 796 seats to allow for a deepened stage, but despite good reviews the venture (called Suburban Playhouse) was unsuccesful. Then followed a few name changes… West Orange Playhouse (1958-60) , second run art films, Suburban Cinema . an unsuccessful stab at silent film reperetory, (1960), Suburban Theater (1960 -62) the theater"s most successful run as a combination neighborhood theater and revival house (this venture closed due to a lease dispute.) The Windsor finally ended its days as a theater as the Majestic… the management at the time just couldn’t find a successful operating policy, and it played its last performance (“Toys in the Attic”) in August 1963.

teecee
teecee on April 24, 2005 at 1:31 pm

Listed in the 1951 FDY at 250 Main Street with 950 seats.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm

This was in the NYT on 12/27/56. Perhaps it was the Suburban Playhouse before 1957.

A Play by the Kerrs to be presented on Sunday by the Madonna Players at the Suburban Playhouse, 252 Main Street, West Orange, N.J. Performances will be given at 3 and 8:30 P.M.

EsseXploreR
EsseXploreR on August 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

After the theater closed it when through some remodeling and held several industrial companies over the years. In 2011 it went through a total gut in order to make the building into a recreation center. I was told by the company gutting it that I could shoot it. As soon as I got confirmation they said “Oh I wish you had gotten here the other day, when we took down the vaulted ceiling”. Needless to say I was crushed by that. I still took some photo’s though, as I will post soon. They will just show that the building is a shell though.

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