Woodbridge General Cinemas II
US Route 1 and St. George's Avenue,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp., Walter Reade Theatres
Functions: Restaurant, Retail
Previous Names: Woodbridge Walter Reade
The Woodbridge Walter Reade was opened April 3, 1968 as a 1,500-seat single screen theatre. It was located in the old Korvettes Shopping Center on Route 1 and St. George’s Avenue, (Route 35) in Woodbridge.
It was taken over by General Cinema on June 10, 1977 and converted to a twin theater November 4, 1977. It closed in the late-1980’s/early-1990’s.
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I ran both of those movies there.
How I miss you Happy Harry (50 years IATSE)– you taught us well… (As did your partner Bill).. RIP JerryK- my heart shattered. We grew up there, and left our footprints… and the memory of washing that dang crystal chandelier in the LOBBY! Walter Reade knew how to spend the money (I hear tell his wife decorated the Woodbridge)..Whole or Twinned.. The Woodbridge always had integrity… and the manager made it a SHOWPLACE!
Yes the Woodbridge was a nice theatre even after it was twinned. I was the first employee hired by Bob when GCC took it over. I loved doing the marquees. I also have many great memories of Menlo Park. I would return to both theatres as a projectionist in the mid 80’s (85). I would be the last projectionist at Menlo along with my partner Ed. Many great memories.
This was taken over by General Cinemas on June 10th, 1977 and became a twin cinema on November 4th, 1977. Both grand opening ads from GCC in the photo section.
Was this GCC Unit #898? I worked as projectionist at #896, the King Cinema in Seattle, WA.
Yes. It was 898. Seaview Square in Neptune/Asbury Park NJ was 897. I was a projectionist here at 898, as well as 537, 713 and 715.
I live across the the street from (1966 to 71) I was 9 when they opened and my mom worked at the candy counter. I remember watching her being trained (2 weeks before grand opening) I must have seen, Planet of the Apes 20 times in 1968. It was a very special time, plus I got all the candy, popcorn & soda for free.
How long did the apes movie last?
moviebuff82, I don’t know how long Apes played there, but I can tell you that from 1972 thru 1974, only 3 movies played here each for 6 months. The Posiedon Adventure, American Graffiti and The Sting.
I saw ‘Heroes’ here in 1977. Henry Winkler, Sally Field and Harrison Ford (in a small supporting role). My girlfriend and I saw ‘Close Encounters’ at the Ziegfeld theater in NY in the afternoon and this movie at night.