Cameo Twin Cinema XXX

68 Orange Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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nycman on October 15, 2023 at 12:40 am

Some of the best years of my youth were spent at this theatre. Is there another adult theatre close to NYC? There’s got to be another place like this theatre once was. Does anyone know?

stevenj on August 25, 2023 at 2:03 pm

I am not reading anything offensive (here or anywhere else). Aren’t there moderators on the site here to take care of that sort of thing?

m00se1111 on August 25, 2023 at 11:35 am

guess you’re not reading between the lines then.

Look at the other comments he left, many have been removed because of the over the top nature. I don’t think that’s really necessary here.

stevenj on August 25, 2023 at 11:13 am

I’ve read nycman’s comment 3 times (also the others for other theaters he posted the last couple of days) and what am I missing here? There is nothing sexual about the comments.

m00se1111 on August 24, 2023 at 11:00 am

Patrick Crowley on April 7, 2008 at 10:49 am Yeah, I couldn’t agree more, guys. I’ve removed all the off-topic/sexual comments.

Note to adult theater patrons: Cinema Treasures isn’t the place to discuss such topics. If you post anything that is of a sexual nature, we’ll delete your comment and account without warning."

nycman on August 23, 2023 at 7:53 am

I must be honest here. I truly miss the Cameo Theatre and my trips to Newark. I had so much fun at the theatre. I was young, full of life, full of energy. At 58, I deeply yearn for those days again.

m00se1111 on November 26, 2022 at 9:36 am

Paging Patrick Crowley (or a reasonable fascimilie there of)

“Patrick Crowley on April 7, 2008 at 10:49 am Yeah, I couldn’t agree more, guys. I’ve removed all the off-topic/sexual comments.

Note to adult theater patrons: Cinema Treasures isn’t the place to discuss such topics. If you post anything that is of a sexual nature, we’ll delete your comment and account without warning."

sunnydaze on November 18, 2022 at 8:34 am

@ Sarah B. Was it just torn down recently or did they tear it down years ago?

sunnydaze on November 17, 2022 at 2:18 pm

@ m00se1111 lol 😅

sunnydaze on November 17, 2022 at 2:17 pm

@ I’m not sure because I’m not familiar with New Jersey at all 😕

sunnydaze on March 1, 2022 at 6:54 am

@nycman I bet it’s hard to see your favorite theaters closed now. I’ve never been fortunate enough to go to one as I’ve lived in Maine my whole life. We did have a couple in Maine many years ago but by the time I was old enough to go to one they were all closed.

sunnydaze on February 16, 2022 at 8:13 am

@nycman from what I’ve heard the Fair Theatre is the only one left in N.Y. I’ve tried to find out if they’re still open in 2022 or not because it seems they were closed in 2021.

Teddybear35 on September 7, 2018 at 7:32 am

It took one bad apple to ruin it for everyone else. I also blame the Cameo for not having better security because if they had someone checking bags this incident could have been avoided. As for Michael Handy he clearly knew what went on at the Cameo and if touched all he had to do was open his big mouth and say not interested and if dude persisted leave. Now both theater’s are gone and Newark is officially dead and boring now what is one to do when bored or just wants to release? I miss the Cameo had some fun times. Hopefully Michael Handy gets what’s coming to him behind bars because in prison they don’t ask permission they take it.

rivest266 on July 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Raided by the cops on November 22nd, 1974. An article in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on January 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Had a Wurlitzer organ installed in 1924 which appears to be its first year of operation.

monroe jones
monroe jones on September 9, 2013 at 12:23 am

I use to make the trip from NYC here a few times a month and it sucks that its gone.

Willburg145 on December 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Why only 12 years for such a brutal killing? Is that his picture at the top of the page? I don’t understand how the law works. Someone butchers a human being and they get anything short of life in prison…

jaham on October 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Michael Handy got 12 and a half years

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

The Treat was showing Spanish language films in the early sixties.

Willburg145 on June 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I visited this theater many times. There was a bathroom that you climbed a few steps to get to. The steps were rickety. the bathroom was completely dark. it was a terrible place. It’s a shame what happened. I had not visited there in a long time. I am sure glad I wasn’t there that night.

Alto on October 6, 2010 at 7:11 am

I passed by recently – the place is still shuttered. I also telephoned (973-621-7622) – an automated recording answered “you have reached a number that is disconnected or no longer in service”.

Alto on October 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

According to second-hand information posted in mid-September on a leading “cruising” website, the City of Newark has refused to renew their operating license – and given the recent happenings here, it should come as no surprise. The theatre has been closed since the end of August, and there is no indication that it will ever reopen.

This would make the Little Theatre the last [and only] remaining full-fledged porn theatre in Newark (and with the previous demise of the Montauk in Passaic, all of Northern New Jersey).

It looks like this place is finished. Yet another adult theatre with the status “closed”.

Alto on August 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

I am amazed that I am the first to comment about what occurred here recently. A customer, well-known to Cameo Twin “regulars”, was brutally murdered inside this theatre. From what I’ve read online (NJ Star-Ledger news reports and blogs), this was nothing short of a bloodbath.

The incident occurred on Friday, 23 July 2010 around 6:45 PM, in the “TV viewing area” (the lobby). First-hand accounts of the situation tell of a freaked-out perpetrator, butcher knife in hand, standing over a near-lifeless body, ranting “The dude touched me…y’all don’t understand, the dude touched me.” No one was able to get near the victim to assist as he lay there bleeding to death. There were “…gallons of blood everywhere.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, “20-30 cops came rushing in, guns drawn”, taking shocked theatre customers “by paddy wagon” to City Hall police station, where they detained and “grilled” them long afterward (“until 11 PM” ) hoping to extract “the truth”, using aggressive questioning techniques (going so far as to implicate and accuse witnesses of involvement)!

Many witnesses knew the 40-y-o victim, Garrick Farmer (who went by the name “Tyreke”), and it was alleged that the victim was initially the aggressor, harassing and following the perp everywhere, demanding sexual favors â€" this caused the perp to “snap.”

One witness described the 29-y-o perp, Michael Handy (a.k.a. “Michael Antonio”), as “seriously beautiful” (!), where “…everyone would go after him”. It was also reported that the victim was much larger in stature (6’-4” vs. 5’- 4”) – amazingly, that didn’t seem to stop Handy from attacking him.

Handy was being held at Essex County Jail on various murder and weapons charges.

You would think that an indoor, “controlled" environment (such as a theatre) vs. an outdoor spot (Branch Brook Park anyone?) would be the safest place in Newark. Furthermore, one would expect that an incident of this magnitude would be enough to shut down this type of place permanently.

Unbelievably, after only a very brief closure, it has reopened for business!

sunnydaze on April 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

I just wanted to let people know that I tried calling the phone number listed for Cameo Twin Cinema xxx and it appears they are still open, a recording lists location, hours of operation and other info, now I just wish I lived closer so I could check this place out, there doesn’t appear to be many Adult Cinemas left, thought you might like the info just the same.