Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

US Highway 9 and State Route 35,
Sayreville, NJ 08872

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Previously operated by: National Amusements

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Built on the site of the Amboys Drive-In and located just off the Garden State Parkway as you go off the Driscoll Bridge. This theatre was entertaining audiences in central Jersey since opening on December 7, 1979. A sister theatre, Hazlet Multiplex Cinemas, shares the same design (I think) as this theatre. The Amboy Multiplex Cinemas was expanded to 8-screens on 21st August, 1981. On 11th June 1982 it became 10-screens. In 1985 it finally became a 14-screen multiplex.

It was closed on May 28, 2005 due to the foyer floor sinking.

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SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on June 29, 2021 at 4:20 pm

markp Excellent ! And September would be fine, I myself am currently working on some other things at the moment so I would love to do it then. Just drop me an email so we can further discuss it. Mine is . I look forward to hearing from you directly ! 🙂

markp
markp on July 3, 2021 at 5:57 pm

SNdoniB_1999, I have spoken to someone and we will be able to film something in the projection room of my theatre before the showing of a film. Films resume in October. I will be in contact as we get closer.

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on July 9, 2021 at 11:30 am

Excellent very much looking forward to speaking to you directly !

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on October 9, 2021 at 11:02 am

markp, are you still interested in my personal ?

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on September 9, 2022 at 2:32 pm

Hey just saw a new video of the theater and actually shows a way into the building, unfortunately this also means that more unscrupulous people have found their way in and have added graffiti and possible further damage to the structure which is very disappointing, though not these guys in the videos. These two photographers did manage to do one thing that to my knowledge others have not and that it finding their way to the roof! I highly recommend you all check this video out! https://youtu.be/SD4F8tLIlQ8

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on October 3, 2022 at 11:05 am

Looks like something is finally happening to the site. https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/middlesex-county/2022/10/03/sayreville-nj-amboy-cinemas-redevelopment/69524885007/#l8st3y4ogmhnu4fxsiv

Awalz266
Awalz266 on October 3, 2022 at 5:54 pm

I used to work at Amboy Cinemas from 1984 to around 1991. I saw comments on the theater layout, and some questions about where things were around the building. Maybe I can provide info if anyone would like to know. I was there the time the melee happened too.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on October 3, 2022 at 10:04 pm

which screen were split in half how many add ons which had Dolby before NA added all around 2000 at awtz266. also when did they start using the pacer computer tickets after the old school tickets. Sunrise was in 1985

markp
markp on October 4, 2022 at 9:41 am

I was a projectionist here from 1984 till it closed in 2005. The original screen 3 and 4 (from the opening 6 plex) were split and became screen 11 and 12. There were 3 add ons. Screen 1 & 2 was added in 84. Screen 3 & 4 were added in 83. Screen 5 and 6 were added in 81. And the 11-12 split was also in 84. Dolby stereo CP-65 processors were in screen 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13 and 14. Screen 7 (original build 1) had 70mm.

On a seperate note, I had wished someone would have put a 3 screen drive in on the site. Dont know what else would work there. Oh well.

Awalz266
Awalz266 on October 4, 2022 at 12:28 pm

markp answered the question about the theaters to ridethectrain. As for the tickets, I worked as an usher. But I’m pretty sure all the National Amusements theaters changed their theaters to New ticket systems around the same time. I can remember the tickets, coming through that metal flap when they were purchased. I hope that gives you an idea about the machines. I also remember when they split the theaters. And the addition at the end of the left side of the building. That’s the left as being in the lobby and facing back wall behind concession stand. I saw a picture of one of the poster holders on the wall. They were to the left and right sides of the concession stands. I do still have the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade poster that was hanging in the theater lobby. I’ll post a pic of it later.

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