Arnold Cinema

802 Arnold Avenue,
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

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DavidZornig on August 12, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Here is an interesting Facebook post with photo about an unfinished theatre at 109-113 Richmond Avenue, that was converted into Acme Food Market. Two 1937 & 1939 news articles in the comments. Today that site is a Five Fitness.

dallasmovietheaters on February 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

Harry May built a new theatre at Arnold Avenue G.O. Jones was the architect. The theatre appears to have launched in 1935 and had 750 seats. In its formative years, the Arnold was a summer only operation closing in the winter after the vacationers had left. One vacationer was cowboy sidekick Gabby Hayes who made a live appearance selling out the theatre.

The theatre closed in 1957 and was a Walter Reade Circuit property. The theatre appears to have a period of vacancy and was brought back with live shows in the early 1970s on a sublease with Reade. On January 11, 1974, the theatre got back into regular theatrical operation with the film, “The Way We Were.” Robert W. Buhout received the Citizen of the Year Award by the Elks Club for his purchase of the operation from Reade and his restoration of the facility.

The theatre was renamed the Arnold Cinema by James H. Clayton and closed February 19, 1981 with “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones.” It had a brief run as a place of worship. Live theatre producer Gil Rambach took on the facility for live plays in 1982 listed at 500 seats. That ran until August of 1984. The building got a shocking makeover and was transformed into the Cedar Point Office Center, an office building.

hondo on November 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

The converted building is located at 802 Arnold Ave.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:52 am

Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

RobertR on June 20, 2005 at 9:46 am

In 1971 I show this as a Walter Reade house.

teecee on April 1, 2005 at 8:39 am

590 as of the 1951 FDY – consistency!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 26, 2005 at 2:47 am

Seating capacities for the Arnold Theater vary from edition to edition of the Film Daily Yearbook. 1941:400 1943;668 1950;590