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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Projection Room and Reels

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.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

Recent comments (view all 205 comments)

markp
markp on June 26, 2021 at 4:30 am

SNdoniB_1999, I have said I would love to see a 3 screen drive in put up there. But thats just me. ridethectrain, As I recall, screens 3,4,5,7,8 and 13, 14 had dolby stereo stereo units that were there when I started. Theatre 7 (original Cinema 1 ) had 70MM. And Im with you. I couldnt stand those theatres they split. And when you spend 21 years working in a place, sometimes for 18 hours in a day, you tend to remember stuff like I do.

markp
markp on June 27, 2021 at 12:55 pm

CCMPI, thanks. Dad was a 55 year projectionist vet before passing away. Im in my 46th year. Im the house projectionist at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway NJ. We do 35MM screenings there. I also do 70MM movies for Warner Bros at the Regal E Walk and AMC Lincoln Square in NYC when they have them.

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on June 27, 2021 at 6:04 pm

markp have you ever considered doing a YouTube series on your various experiences as a projectionist in multiple cinemas over the years ? I would to hear more of your stories in greater detail especially with aforementioned Amboy Cinema.

markp
markp on June 29, 2021 at 5:40 am

SNdoniB_1999, People have told me I should do that. Unfortunately Im not a computer wizard. I need help just to install an app. Maybe someday if someone was to sit down with me I could share my various stories with people. Ive run everything from G to XXX, so Ive seen it all.

SNdoniB_1999
SNdoniB_1999 on June 29, 2021 at 11:10 am

Well markp I myself have a YouTube channel and I would be more than happy to discuss or even interview you over zoom about your past experiences as a projectionist most specifically about your experiences and stories surrounding the Amboy Cinema but after you telling me about the fact that you ran other types of movie theaters as well it has me even more interested especially with recent events and the fact that the movie theater industry was under its most recent hardship. Please let me know if you’re interested in this offer.

markp
markp on June 29, 2021 at 3:16 pm

SNdoniB_1999, Sounds good Im going thru a home renovation right now. How about in sept when the Union County Arts Center reopens and maybe we can do it in the projection room. Im sure Id have no problem doing it an hour or so before a movie. Things are quite busy for me right now. If things quiet down, my wife can figure out the zoom thing for me.

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 ?

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