Turnpike Indoor/Outdoor Theatre
Route 18 and Tices Lane,
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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Architects: Drew Eberson
Previous Names: Turnpike Drive-In
News About This Theater
The Turnpike Drive-In was opened March 19, 1958 with Glenn Ford in “The Cowboy” and Ralph Meeker in “Battle Shock”. On October 20, 1963 a 1,000-seat indoor theatre was opened. Until 1968, the Turnpike was a combination drive-in, indoor theatre, with double features showing on a reverse schedule. The indoor theatre was split from drive-in in 1969 and opened with road show of “Hello Dolly”. The indoor theatre was twinned on March 3, 1978. Closed in 1983, and demolished for what is now a condo complex. The Turnpike Outdoor Theatre was closed on September 3, 1984 with Tom Hanks in “Bachelor Party” & Dan Monahan in “Porky’s”.
The theatre’s design was the same as the Plainfield/Edison Indoor/Outdoor on Oak Tree Road, in Edison.
This design was typical for UA in early-1960’s, as the Route 46 Totowa Theatre was of the same design.
The theatre showed the initial roadshows of Sensuround pictures “Rollercoaster” and “Midway” during the 1970’s.
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