Elm Theatre

510 Elm Street,
Camden, NJ 08102

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Architects: William Harold Lee

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Young's Elm Picture Theatre

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Elm Theatre

Originally opened as Young’s Elm Picture Theatre in 1912. The Elm Theatre closed in 1928 without converting to sound.

It was redesigned by architect William H. Lee in 1938 and reopened on September 24, 1939 with Jackie Cooper in “Streets of New York”. It was operating into the late-1950’s. It was later demolished and replaced by low income housing known as Northgate Apartments.

Contributed by RSecinaro, Ken Roe

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teecee on March 6, 2005 at 3:40 pm

Looks like it was an adult theater back in 1925 per this advertisement:

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Ken Roe on March 7, 2005 at 4:37 am

The 1943 edition of Film Daily Yearbook gives a seating capacity of 335.

teecee on June 28, 2006 at 2:47 pm

According to Images of America: South Jersey Movie Houses, page 10, this theater closed in 1928 as a silent theater. Reopened in 1938 and operated into the late 1950s.

kencmcintyre on December 26, 2006 at 4:49 pm

There was a fire in the theater on 7/7/47:

Projection Booth Afire; Children Leave Theater

CAMDEN, N. J- Fifty children singing songs projected on a screen were told there was a fire in the theater’s projection booth and marched safely outside today, without interrupting their vocal harmony. Manager Morris W. Cummings discovered the fire in the 300-seat Elm Theater 25 minutes after the matinee began, hurriedly opened the exit doors and instructed the children to leave. John Armstrong, 35, of Maple Shade, N.J, projectionist, was singed by flames that spurted from film caught in the projection machine. Loss was slight.

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 10:25 am

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

Harry Sistko, who operates the Nixon-Grand is reported getting ready to re-open the Elm Theater, Camden, shortly.

miclar on November 27, 2014 at 7:05 am

Walked past the ELM everyday going to school. It was closed by the 60’s. Most narrow theater I have ever seen it was only about 30 feet wide.

rivest266 on September 30, 2018 at 11:45 am

Reopened on September 24th, 1939. Ad in photo section.

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