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Architects: David Supowitz
Previous Names: Aldine Theatre, Royal Theatre
The Hollywood Theatre was located on Atlantic Avenue, next to the smaller Colonial Theatre (later renamed the Center Theatre). It was a remodel of the earlier Aldine Theatre which was gutted to the walls, and was designed to the plans of Philadelphia based architect David Supowitz. Inside there were murals depicting Arabian Nights.
The Hollywood Theatre opened on November 2, 1934 with 5 acts of vaudeville headed by Georgie Price and Lee Tracy in “I’ll Tell the World” on the screen. It operated as a last run theatre, owned by Harry Waxman. The marquee and vertical were both huge, and brilliantly lit with neon. A 1936 photograph shows the marquee advertising ‘Stage Presentation Revue’ and ‘De Luxe Stage Shows’ and ‘Pops and Louie’, ‘The Danwills’, Hickey Bros', Al Verdi & Co' and then on three lines ‘Mary Astor’ in “Lady From Nowhere” with ‘Charles Quigley’. From 1973 to 1975 it screened adult movies.
The Hollywood Theatre closed in 1977, the weeks after Memorial Day weekend with “King Kong” as its last feature. It has since been demolished.
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Status can be made Closed/Demolished. This block of Atlantic Avenue is now occupied by a strip mall and its parking lots.
Here is another photo of the Hollywood, from 1951:
Here is a blurb from Boxoffice magazine, April 1950:
Harry Waxmann is remodeling his Hollywood Theater in Atlantic City, so that the house will be in tip-top condition when the summer season begins.
Here is a 1968 photo:
Here is another 1968 photo:
A January 6, 1951, Boxoffice item about Harry Waxmann says that the Hollywood Theatre opened as the Royal in 1930, was bought by Waxmann in 1934 and remodeled. It doesn’t give the year of remodeling but it was certainly the 1936 project by David Supowitz, which is one of four remodeling projects illustrating an article by the architect in Boxoffice of July 25, 1936.
Adult movies 1973-1975.
Yes in the summer of 69 they played I Am Curious Yellow which was x rated and they had a cop stationed outside.
The Hollywood Theatre opened on November 2nd, 1934, with Georgie Price on stage. Grand opening ad posted.
Hollywood Theatre opening 02 Nov 1934, Fri Press of Atlantic City (Atlantic City, New Jersey) Newspapers.com