South Jersey Movie Houses

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Arcadia Publishing, 2006 - History - 128 pages
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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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About the author (2006)

Allen F. Hauss, a retired educator, grew up in and around the movie houses of South Jersey. His father, a projectionist, often took him along to watch the show and learn the trade. Working first as an usher and then as a projectionist while in college, collecting classic films, and operating his own art theater all nurtured a lifelong love of the movie industry, which led to the compilation of South Jersey Movie Houses.