Carteret Twin Cinema

762 Roosevelt Avenue,
Carteret, NJ 07008

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Twin Cinemas

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Jerry Lewis Twin Cinemas 1976, Carteret NJ

This theatre opened on June 7, 1972 as the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinemas, in the Carteret Shopping Center. The opening movies were George C. Scott in “The Hospital” and a double-bill Disney program of John Mills in “Swiss Family Robinson” & “101 Dalmations”. Each house seated 300 people. Projection was dual projectors with 6,000 foot reels.

This theatre, when first opened, was a great weekend matinee popcorn house. Each auditorium would be packed with kids. The theatre did great business for the first few years, but fell into disrepair.

A sale of the theatre in 1982, and name change to the town’s name did little to help, and the theatre closed for good after the summer of 1984. Today the building is occupied by a Dollar Plus and a Payless Shoe Source.

Contributed by Mark Pusillo, RobertR

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Thanks movie 534 for a good story,but i bet you could add a lot other words, write.I enjoy the stories written by theatre people that worked a movie theatre not some blasted 20 plex.

markp on March 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I have read many of your comments elsewhere MikeRodgers. You and I are truely a blast from the past. Even after all these years I still miss this place. (and all the others I worked at)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Yeah, it amazing what the theatre business does to people.I don’t think there is a BURGER KING TREASURES,LOL.

markp on June 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

Was sitting around yesterday while I was at work, and it had hit me that it was 43 years ago that this place had just opened. I remember my dad was the opening day projectionist. I still remember the “New” smell the building had. A great little cinema it was.

markp on September 11, 2017 at 11:35 am

The shopping center this theatre was in is undergoing a major facelift. When they took down the current façade, the old white aluminum that was on each side of the old marquee made its appearance once more. For at least a few days its a reminder of the old days of the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema.

rivest266 on July 10, 2018 at 10:40 am

June 7th, 1972 grand opening ad in the photo section.

markp on July 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm

rivest266, I remember that day like it was yesterday. My dad was the opening day projectionist.

markp on June 7, 2020 at 7:18 am

It was on this day in 1972 that this theatre opened. It was the second twin in middlesex county. My father was the opening day projectionist. Spent that entire summer seeing so many great movies. After the first month they started running double features in each theatre. Good times.

walterk on June 7, 2020 at 6:17 pm

markp’s comment today reminded me to upload a picture of this theatre from its days as the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema, this being 1976. The young fellow in the blue jeans sort of center is markp btw….

markp on June 7, 2021 at 5:46 am

49 year anniversary of its grand opening on this date.

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