Little Theatre

562 Broad Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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yours truly 6/26/2017

Located at the lower end of Broad Street, near the public library, the Little Theatre was opened August 22, 1928. It was a single screen movie theatre with 299 seats. Formerly showed art and foreign movies, mainly from Germany. From the late-1950’s and thru the 1970’s it screened movies which were exploitive and daring and eventually turning to pornographic movies.

In the 1980’s a second screen was added upstairs which shows gay porn. It operated as an adult theatre, with one auditorium showing straight porn, the other showing gay porn. In November 2017 there is a sign on the building stating it is ‘Available to Lease’. The Little Theatre was closed June 25, 2018.

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Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

Scott on July 11, 2018 at 7:27 am

It doesn’t appear that “the government” closed this theatre, so your assertion that you are being forced back into the closet is baseless.

HowardBHaas on September 24, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Sign outside theater today advertises 8000 square feet “Entertainment venue” Good.

markp on September 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

And the question is…..what kind of entertainment???

Teddybear35 on February 25, 2021 at 9:10 am

Here’s the real reason why they closed because new buildings are coming to Newark and parents with kids claimed they were afraid to walk around the area because seedy characters would be lurking hanging out front and families claimed they were afraid their kids might get kidnapped and rapped thus this place had to go. I must admit none of that nonsense is true but in attempts to redeveloped Newark and attract new tenants to the area the little theatre had to go. I get it but the reality is Newark has a dark cloud hanging over it and no matter the changes I personally wouldn’t live there. At least the previous owner made a ton of money before selling. I wonder if they’ll turn the little theatre into an office or apt building and the new tenants will never know this was once a hot spot for sex and blowjobs.

markp on February 25, 2021 at 1:54 pm

I will agree with you on one thing Teddybear35, I wouldnt live in Newark either. I wasnt crazy working there before the virus hit. You are right though. A lot of new buildings and old ones being renovated.

markp on March 10, 2021 at 2:50 pm

nycman, I was a projectionist at 2 porn theatres from 1978 till 1990. The Sayrewoods in Old Bridge and Cinema 9 in Sayreville. Those were interesting times, Ill give you that.

nycman on August 23, 2023 at 7:51 am

I must be honest here. I truly miss the Little Theatre and my trips to Newark. I had so much fun at the theatre. I was young, full of life, full of energy. At 58, I deeply yearn for those days again.

m00se1111 on August 24, 2023 at 10:59 am

certain things should really kept to yourself….

nycman on October 15, 2023 at 12:38 am

Some of the best years of my youth were spent at this theatre. Is there another adult theatre close to NYC? There’s got to be another place like this theatre once was. Does anyone know?

HogGravynChitlins on February 9, 2024 at 7:51 am

I’m very curious about that cupola/turret, is there a set of stairs up to there?

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