South Jersey Movie Houses
Since the early 1900s, when the first moving images flickered on the screens of storefront nickelodeons, going to the movies has been an integral part of life across America. By the 1950s, there were over 230 theaters in southern New Jersey, ranging from lavish palaces like the 2,000-seat Stanley in Camden to modest venues like the 350-seat Little in Haddonfield. Today, sadly, less than a dozen remain standing, and most of those are now used for other commercial purposes. Only the Broadway in Pitman continues to operate as the last of the original motion-picture palaces. South Jersey Movie Houses is a pictorial tour of the theaters that once raised their curtains to audiences across the southern part of the state. It offers a nostalgic look at their neon marquees and silver screens, bringing back memories of Saturday matinees, 3-D glasses, and movie date nights.
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ADVERTISEMENT art deco ATLANTIC CITY auditorium AUDUBON Avenue balcony boardwalk BRIDGETON BROADWAY THEATRE built Burlington County CAMDEN CENTURY THEATRE CHERRY HILL CinemaScope CLEMENTON closed Collingswood continued to operate converted Courtesy Gary Feldman CRESCENT THEATRE Drive-In Fox Theatre Gary Feldman collection GRAND THEATRE HADDON TOWNSHIP Hammonton Handle and Rovner Harwan installed J. B. Fox Kings Highway LANDIS THEATRE Levoy Theatre lobby Located MAPLE SHADE Moller pipe organ Moorestown Moorlyn motion pictures movie house multiplex OCEAN CITY Opera House orchestra level original marquee Palace PARK THEATRE Pennsauken photograph shows pipe organ PITMAN Plaza PROGRAM projectionist projector proscenium purchased remodeled renamed reopened retail space Ritz Roxy RUNNEMEDE Schopp collection screen SEA ISLE CITY seats sold South Jersey standard 35-millimeter standing Stanley Company STANLEY THEATRE Stanley-Warner STONE HARBOR Street studios television Theatre building THEATRE PROJECTION ROOM twinned Varbalow chain vaudeville VENTNOR venue Vineland VistaVision Vitaphone Warner WESTMONT THEATRE WILDWOOD Wurlitzer pipe organ