614 Bloomfield Avenue,
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Styles: Italian Renaissance
Built in the early-1920’s as Stern’s Royal Theater, this was one of the most popular theaters along the “Bloomfield Avenue Route” out of Newark. One of the most elaborate ceilings in the Rococco style, the building also boasted a block-long lobby with a white granite floor, to boot. 1,700 seats on one floor (no balcony) and one of the largest screens in the area coupled by precision point projection made for a great movie going experience.
Sadly, the great size of the building made heating and air conditioning prohibitively expensive, and on March 31, 1978 the building was twinned (boxed in) and the effect was neither pleasant nor profitable. Not sure who presided over the Royal Theater’s final demise, but it seems to have been torn down in the late-1990’s. A sad end to a once proud building!
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