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Functions: Community Center
Styles: Italian Renaissance
The Leonia Theatre opened on September 29, 1927. The auditorium featured a central dome in the ceiling which was decorated with painted cloud effects. It was equipped with a Kimball theatre organ. The house programmed movies and vaudeville, but was also equipped for stage plays, and in its early years hosted a number of tryouts for Broadway shows.
The theatre operated for less than a decade. In 1938 the auditorium floor was leveled and converted into a roller skating rink. Eventually the rink came under the control of the municipal government, which today uses the the building as a community recreation center.
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This photo depicts the auditorium of the Leonia Theatre after it had been converted into the Humming Wheels Arena skating rink.
Pretty sure my grandfather (Julius Charnow) operated this theater till it was closed – due to some kind of zoning dispute, I believe.
Grand opening ad Leonia Theatre opening Wed, Sep 28, 1927 – 10 · The Record (Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey, United States of America) · Newspapers.com