Towers Theatre

714 South Broadway,
Camden, NJ 08103

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Architects: Paul J. Henon, Jr., William H. Hoffman, David Supowitz

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

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Towers Theatre

The Towers Theatre was located on South Broadway just north of Pine Street. It was opened on November 23, 1914. It was remodeled in 1939, reopening on December 23, 1939 and closed on March 3, 1953. Demolished in 1955.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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teecee on March 7, 2005 at 6:37 am

Architects: Hoffman-Henon Co.

phil552 on April 4, 2005 at 9:21 pm

I have posted newspaper ads from 1928 and 1942 on my website. The name in the ads is TOWERS. Likewise, the 1950 photograph shows TOWERS on the marquee. I do not believe that at anytime the Camden theater was known as the TOWER…. a look at the building shows TWO!!!

If I come across an newspaper ad with the TOWER name, I will notify Cinema Treasure at once.

There is, of course, a TOWER theatre across the river on 69th Street in Philly/Upper Darby.

New page up as of 4/5/04

Phil Cohen
Camden NJ

kencmcintyre on January 19, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Status should be closed/demolished:

Broadway stretches through the heart of Camden, a wide street lined with struggling shops and rotting rowhouses, a three-mile tour of desperation and lost hope. Prostitutes flit between vacant stores and abandoned banks, plying an older form of commerce, while drugs are sold on side streets. The old Towers Theater at Broadway and Pine has been replaced by a Citgo gas station. This road has been down a long time – many of the businesses that didn’t burn during the 1971 riots fled.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on January 17, 2008 at 8:22 am

Ken, are there still many beautiful old buildings in downtown Camden that someday could be restored like in Detroit and Buffalo or is it a total lost cause like in East St. Louis, Illinois and Gary, Indaina?

kencmcintyre on January 17, 2008 at 10:32 am

I would say “lost cause”.

kencmcintyre on December 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Here is another repaired link for the dvrbs photo:

dallasmovietheaters on September 24, 2015 at 8:20 am

The Towers opened in 1912 by Newton Rodney and likely had a 20-year lease or two 10-year leases closes unsuccessfully in 1931 during the Depression. The Ellis Circuit wanted to open a new theater and — during a major period in theatre renovation in the late 1930s around the country, they decided to refurbish the Tower. It reopened on December 24, 1939 and was architected by David Supowitz of Philly. Varbalow Circuit took on the struggling theatre which finally closed as the TV era was underway in 1953. The theatre was razed in 1955.

rivest266 on September 29, 2018 at 8:29 am

December 23rd, 1939 grand opening ad posted as well.

RickB on September 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Last day of commercial operation was March 3, 1953, with “Montana Belle” on the screen. The next night, a Hadassah group used the theater for screenings of an Israeli film, “Faithful City.” After that the Towers was permanently closed.

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