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News About This Theater
- May 13, 2009 — My career as a movie theater manager
The Oritani Theatre first opened on May 6, 1926 with Irene Rich in “Lady Windermere’s Fan” & Lloyd “Ham” Hamilton in Nobody’s Business". Organist Stanley C. Wallace opened the ‘mammouth’ organ. It was designed by architect’s David Lehman & William E. Lehman. Named for a local and long deceased Indian chief, the theatre had a single floor auditorium, the ceiling of which sported a tent-like dome made from fireproof fabric.
For most of its life, the Oritani Theatre was operated by Stanley-Warner as Hackensack’s main rival to the larger Fox Theatre, which was directly across the street. Twinned in the mid-1970’s, it was tripled on April 21, 1978 and closed in 1983, by which time it was part of the merged RKO-Stanley Warner-Century Theatres company.
The auditoriun was demolished in 1985, leaving the front section of the building and its foyer in retail use.
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