Empire Theatre

265 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Architects: George W. Keister

Firms: McMurray & Pulis

Previous Names: Miner's Empire Theatre

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Empire Theatre

Built in 1912, the Empire Theatre served as a vaudeville theatre, opera house and movie theatre at different times. But it is remembered most for burlesque. It operated as a burlesque from the 1930’s until February 14, 1957, when the city shut it down for good.

A year later the building was razed for a parking lot. Today a bank sits on the site.

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teecee on July 8, 2007 at 8:04 am

old postcards. Note that 2 are nearly identical but one lists the name as the Schubert

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teecee on July 10, 2007 at 5:25 pm

lots of photos/ads here:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

Miner’s Empire Theatre was designed jointly by George Keister and the firm of McMurray & Pulis.

teecee on March 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Old program (note reference to “57”, this was neer the theater’s end):

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govalde on December 18, 2015 at 11:18 am

The info you have posted I believe is for the Miners Empire Theatre that was on Washington St but on the South side of Market St and on the opposite side of the street (West Side). The Empire Theatre posted was demolished to make way for the Bamberger’s addition.

AndreasP on March 8, 2021 at 1:28 am

I think this confuses two distinct theatres

on 236 Washington Street (1900-1911) http://newarkbusiness.org/photos/theatres/index.php?cat=15

and on 265 Washington Street (1912-1956) http://newarkbusiness.org/photos/theatres/index.php?cat=115

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