DeWitt Theatre

537 Broadway,
Bayonne, NJ 07002

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

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DeWitt Theatre

The DeWitt Theatre was opened December 20, 1923 with 8 big acts of B.F. Keith Vaudeville and the photoplay “Flaming Youth” starring Coleen Moore. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3 manual 10 ranks theatre organ. This theatre is most remembered for hosting Sandra Dee Day on March 22, 1960. Dee was a native of Bayonne, NJ. The theatre closed as a movie theatre in September 1972. It then presented 3 days of concerts . In the following three days concerts were presented by actor, producer & director Paul De Angelo of Bayonne were held in the building on 11th, 13th & 14th October 1972. At that time Paul De Angelo was in negotiations to purchasing the theatre, but was thwarted by an offer from McDonalds. It was demolished in early-1973 and by fall of 1973 a McDonalds had been built and opened on the site.

The first related link shows Ms. Dee in front of the theatre.

The second related link is a print of the theatre on sale at the local historical society.

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Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

nonsportsnut on August 21, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Hi Lost Memory,


I’m a member of the Three Stooges Fan Club in Pennsylvania. The Fan Club also has a museum:

The Fan Club is presently trying to compile a list of all Three Stooges personal appearances. We’re sure there were personal appearances in the North Jersey area. The era may range from 1930’s to 1980’s. Please let us know how a search like this could be done. The 1960’s to 1980’s appearances may have been in connection with Officer Joe Bolton. If you’re able to document any appearances, please email e at:

Frank Reighter

RickB on April 17, 2009 at 4:34 am

Here is American Classic Images' pic of the DeWitt. The 1968 date would seem to be a little early given that * The French Connection * is shown as a coming attraction on the front of the marquee.

xwhiteswan on November 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I saw many a movie at The DeWitt Theatre. I was a teenager when it was demolished in the mid 70’s. It was sad seeing the theatre torn down and be replaced by a Mcdonald’s. The Petridis hot dog truck was on 25th street, just around the corner from the theatre. Fortunately it wasn’t put out of business when Mcdonald’s came. Petridis Hot Dogs opened shop right on 25th street. Later on it moved a few doors down, where it still stands today.

yosh1951 on January 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

When i was around 9 years old my mom took me to the DeWitt theater i saw the three stooges Moe Shemp and Joe with officer Joe Bolton it was around 1961

bobp60 on June 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The DeWitt showed it’s final movie “The Concert For Bangladesh” with another earlier Rock Movie called “Popcorn” in the late summer of 1972. It would then host three days of concerts, among the acts The Chambers Bros. right after this last film. After that, its doors closed for good. Demolition began in early 1973.

bobp60 on June 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

The McDonald’s opened in the fall of 1973 when I was in the eighth grade. We had lunch breaks from school then for about an hour and remember going there on opening day from #3 School. Looking back, what a travesty that was to replace such a beautiful theater with garbage like McDonald’s. Whoever says it was 1975 is dead wrong,it closed when I was 12, remember very well.

dallasmovietheaters on February 11, 2017 at 6:53 am

Picture of the December 20, 1923 grand opening of the Bayonne DeWitt Theatre in photos. Opening day consisted of films and an impressive musical performance on the new Wurlitzer opus 710 organ there.

rivest266 on February 22, 2023 at 7:39 am

Grand opening ad posted.

Ed_Francis on May 28, 2023 at 12:53 am

The DeWitt named after property owner DeWitt Van Buskirk. I do recall the theater showing family oriented movies, however, before it’s closing, they ran horror flicks complete with barf bag for the patron. Too bad that the theater was demolished, but money talks.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 28, 2023 at 5:56 am

The DeWitt Theater was built for Joseph Hockstein, owner of the older theater at 511 Broadway later known as the Strand. Here is the notice from the September 16, 1922 issue of Moving Picture World: “BAYONNE, N. J.— Jacob Hockstein, 511 Broadway, has plans by Carl I. Goldberg, 467 Broadway, for three-story brick theatre, store and office building, 118 by 175 feet, to be erected at southwest corner Broadway and 25th street.” Architect Goldberg had drawn the plans for remodeling the Strand (then called the Broadway) for Hockstein in 1917.

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