Regent Theatre

43 Broad Street,
Elizabeth, NJ 07202

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Previously operated by: RKO, Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Functions: Furniture Showroom, Office Space

Previous Names: RKO Regent Theatre

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The Regent Theatre was opened around 1923. By 1941, the Regent Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Regent Theatre was still open in 1955, but had closed by 1957. It was later reopened and operated until at least the 1970’s.

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teecee on July 5, 2005 at 3:26 am

A Griffith-Beach organ was installed in this theater in 1923.

teecee on July 28, 2005 at 1:31 am

Listed as a RKO-Stanley Warner theater in March 1969 when it showed 2001 (courtesy of Bill Huelbig):
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markp on January 10, 2008 at 7:19 pm

This theatre, as well as the Ritz around the corner on East Jersey Street, were part of the RKO Stanley Warner corporation, playing mostly action/kung-fu movies up until they ceased operations in the early 1980’s.

bigmoviefan on January 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital for several years in the 1970s and I passed by the Regent and Fine Arts everyday. Of course by then, the Fine Arts was a clothing store and the Regent had closed and then re-opened. In addition to the Kung-Fu films mentioned above, I also remember seeing the marquee state rather dramatically, that “Joe Don Baker Is Walking Tall!!”. Seems kind of funny now. I also recall that once in the early 60s, my mother, brother and I went to see The Tingler at the Fine Arts. I believe Psycho was playing next door at the Regent and my mother said no to that one!

kencmcintyre on April 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm

This site has a 1973 photo. Not sure if the adjacent business with the marquee was a former theater:

TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Nice photos again Chuck.

spectrum on December 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

The adjacent building with a marquee mentioned above was not a theatre unless it had a VERY long lobby going all the way behing the Liberty Theatre to available space back there.

I wonder iof there’s any chance any of the Liberty Auditorium survives behind retail modofications. There are no windows cut into the sidwall of the auditorium.

spectrum on December 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Sorry, my comment above should have referred to the Regent theatre, NOT the liberty theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 28, 2015 at 10:09 pm

The entrance to the Regent Theatre was at 43 Broad Street, now the location of the Zarah Furniture store.

sgreg59 on January 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

The first professional band I ever worked for was Hot Tuna at the Regent Theater on May 5th, 1976. What a memory, I was only 17.

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