Palace Cinema

2 Main Street,
Orange, NJ 07050

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Architects: Sydney B. Moss

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: U.S. Palace Theatre, Palace Theatre

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Palace Cinema

Located in the City of Orange on the border with East Orange (it was originally listed as being located in East Orange). The U.S. Palace Theatre was opened in 1918 with 1,200-seats. It was equipped with a Robert-Morton organ.

It was remodeled in 1937 to the plans of architect Sydney B. Moss and the seating capacity was increased to 1,500. Saw many films here in the 1950’s and 1960’s. In its final years, the rear orchestra seating area was converted into a separate screening room, showing adult porn movies. It was closed around 1971.

It has since been demolished and the site is now a parking lot for the adjacent Wendy’s burger restaurant.

Contributed by Don Dorflinger

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

jimmyt on March 25, 2005 at 6:29 pm

In its final days the Palace was, indeed, somewhat twinned in that they simply enclosed some of the rear orchestra seats and showed pron movies alog side he regular run stuff on the big screen. An interesting footnote… the Palace auditorium was bisected by the city line between Orange and East Orange, and prior to repeal of some of the old Sunday Blue Laws, the left side of the auditorium had to be roped off on Sundays, as East Orange forbade the showing of movies on Sunday and all seating had to be within the Orange city limits!

teecee on July 5, 2005 at 8:47 am

A Robert-Morton organ was installed in this theater in 1918.

Listed in the 1951 FDY at 4 Main Street with 1400 seats.

RobertR on July 8, 2005 at 2:03 pm

In 1971 as a General Cinema it was called the Palace Cinema
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HowardBHaas on July 15, 2007 at 9:51 am

Here’s a rendering found in 9-15-1937 The Exhibitor of “Kridell Brothers newly remodelled 1500 seat Palace Theatre, in Orange, New Jersey. Sidney B. Moss, Architect”

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Jeff1 on July 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

1960’s Palace photo:

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