Laurel Theatre

32 S. Laurel Street,
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

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Laurel Theater, Bridgeton NJ

The Laurel Theater was built in 1950 on the site of the Criterion Theatre, destroyed 14 months earlier in a fire. The local historic commission granted a temporary restriction against demolition in 2004. A local theatre group, Off Broad Street Players, was lobbying to prevent the demolition. The Laurel Theatre was demolished apart from the lobby area, which still remained in August 2018.

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teecee on July 1, 2005 at 7:55 am

You can buy a collectible at this site under Businesses:

teecee on July 1, 2005 at 7:58 am

Bridgeton, New Jersey
Feasibility Study
Watson and Henry Associates
Bridgeton, New Jersey

Perhaps these firms have some additional data on the theater.

teecee on January 22, 2006 at 6:06 am

Opening night program (8/24/1950):

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teecee on July 1, 2006 at 4:51 am

Survived as a theater into the 1970s by showing Spanish language films. Closed as a theater in 1979.

Images of America: South Jersey Movie Houses, page 84

kencmcintyre on March 6, 2009 at 5:36 pm

This is from a city progress report in February 2008:

Laurel Theater, Laurel Street, Downtown Bridgeton:

The Laurel Theater is being purchased by Bahri Yilmaz. Mr. Yilmaz owns the BridgeWater Pub in Bridgeton and the Green Olive Restaurant in Hopewell. Plans for the Laurel Theater include renovating the existing building and connecting it with the BridgeWater Pub in order to expand the Pub to do weddings and other large banquets. Mr. Yilmaz will create a garden environment on the property in order to hold outdoor events.

John_W_Pedersen on April 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

the only remanants of this building are the lobby. the theater space itself was long ago demolished. the remaining lobby area still has the slope floor but is in very poor condition.

airgrabber on August 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

Actual address is 32-34 S. Laurel Street. Currently owned by Riverfront Cafe LLC % Yilmaz, which owns the Bridgewater Pub. Purchased for $56,000 on April 20, 2009.

tmarino on September 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I dated the theater owner’s son in the early 70s, their family name was Spagnola. I went back to Bridgeton this summer and took a photo of the theater, it’s in sad condition. I shared it on the photo page here.

Mscythes58 on April 27, 2015 at 9:16 pm

I remember sometime in 70s the theater had concerts there the rock band Steppenwolf played there does anyone else remember and what the dates were

moneyizer on January 31, 2016 at 11:41 pm

The Steppenwolf concert was in the Summer of 1976, probably July 1976. I remember the intro to Magic Carpet Ride sounded just like the record…

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