RKO Reade's Theatre

2 Woodbridge Avenue,
Highland Park, NJ 08904

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Previously operated by: RKO, Walter Reade Theatres

Previous Names: Park Theatre

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RKO Reade's Theatre

The Park Theatre opened in 1926. On August 18, 1944 it was renamed RKO Reade’s Theatre. By 1961 when it closed it had reverted back to the Park Theatre name. It was located at Woodbridge Avenue and S. 6th Street.

A small apartment complex (Highland House) now occupies the site.

Contributed by tc

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 19, 2006 at 11:51 pm

Listed in Film Daily Yearbook’s:1941 & 1943 editions as the Park Theatre with a seating capacity of 1,367. By the time the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. was published it was known as the RKO Reade’s Theatre with a seating capacity of 1,053.

teecee on August 20, 2006 at 6:14 am

Thanks for the tip Ken.
The 1944 FDY also lists this theatre as the Park.

“According to the Highland Park Historical Society, the borough even "marginally supported ” a moviehouse from 1927 to the late 1950s. The 1,400-seat Block’s Park Theatre featured a fountain and an aquarium, and 20-cent matinees.“ extracted from

teecee on August 20, 2006 at 6:31 am

Appears in the 1961 FDY under the RKO Theatres listing as the Park Theatre.

arcwell on January 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Go to the Amazon website. Search the book title “highland park borough of homes”. You will see a reproduction of the book cover. Click on it to enlarge it, then click on it a second time to enlarge it further. You will see the RKO Park Theater.

teecee on March 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm

1933 program (movie on cover came out in Dec. 1932):

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rivest266 on August 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

This reopened as the RKO Reade’s theatre on August 18th, 1944.


Found on Newspapers.com

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