Amboys Drive-In

Victory Plaza,
South Amboy, NJ 08879

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Previously operated by: Redstone Drive-In Theaters

Previous Names: South Amboy Drive-In

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Amboys Drive-In

The Amboys Drive-In Theater was located in Sayreville, NJ between the very industrialized cites of Perth Amboy and South Amboy and was operated by Redstone National Amusements. It was opened July 11, 1957 with Hal Stalmaster in “Johnny Tremaine” & Cornel Wilde in “Beyond Mombasa”. It was operated by Redstone Drive-In Theaters. The strange thing about the South Amboys Drive-In was that is was located near, and completely visible from the very busy Garden State Parkway and Route 9 highways. As a kid I vaguely remember my parents taking us there to see “MAS*H”. I was a small child and didn’t understand it so I just fell asleep.

Other times I remember driving by it at night and if I’m not mistaken, I could see them playing a Bruce Lee movie like “Enter the Dragon” or something like that. My Dad’s story is that at some point they showed porn. My only guess is that they may have been showing “Deep Throat” when it was released in 1972 since there were really no other porn feature films to show before that. As my Dad tells the story, when they were showing the porn, “Deep Throat”, or whatever it was, it caused traffic jams.

It was closed on February 13, 1979 with “Smokey and the Bandit” & “Almost Summer” and was replaced by the 11 screen Amboy Multiplex theater.

Contributed by Irv

Recent comments (view all 40 comments)

boomerjohn on April 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

I worked at the Amboy’s Drive-In during the summer of 1969. There used to be a children’s playground, with rides, at the base of the screen to keep the kids amused before the feature started. By ‘69 the only ride that was still in operation was the merry-go-round. One of my jobs was to operate this amusement. We changed the marquee weekly and also repaired speakers and heaters. We also stood guard at the exit gate on RT 35 to discourage folks from sneaking in. We sat in a lawn chair sorrounded by PIC mosquito repelant smoke rings. At closing we directed traffic out and occasionally had to chase out couples who were otherwise occupied. Yes it did show porn in it’s declining year and it was not unusual to see cars pulled over on the shoulder to take a peak. The authorties got involved and the theater died.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

It was open in th elate 70’s. By the time I stated going back and forth between NYC and PHila in 82 and 83 it was closed.

rivest266 on October 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm

This opened on July 11th, 1957. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this theatre.

NYozoner on December 26, 2016 at 1:19 am

NJ-35 at Victory Plaza
South Amboy, NJ 08879

NickyG on October 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

grew up in nearby Madison Park and some many movies there…remember the original Straw Dogs, was about 10 and went with my sister and her boyfriend…lot of violence for a young lad.

markp on October 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

The Drive in closed the first week of January 1979. Construction started on the 6 screen Amboys Cinemas thereafter. The 6 plex opened Dec 7, 1979.

DRIVEIN101 on August 27, 2018 at 9:29 am

Final night of operation, according to the last known newspaper listing, was February 13, 1979 with “Smokey and The Bandit” and “Almost Summer”.

moviebuff82 on May 7, 2020 at 11:27 am

Those are very old movies. The advantage that the multiplex had over the drive in was privacy, as the drive in screen could be seen by motorists on the other side of the parkway.

davidcoppock on May 7, 2020 at 11:55 am

Opened with “Johnny Tremain” and “Beyond Mombasa”.

markp on May 27, 2020 at 10:55 am

Its time to demolish the multiplex and put up a 3 screen drive in back on this site. The time has come.

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