Mayfair Theatre

301 Lake Avenue,
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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Previously operated by: Walter Reade Theatres

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Moorish

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Mayfair Theatre

The 1,800-seat Mayfair Theatre was opened on August 5, 1927 with Hobart Bosworth in “The Blood Ship” and Charlie Chase in “What Women Did for Me”. It was part of the Walter Reade Theatres chain, they closed it on September 8 1974 with Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland & "Fantasia”. The building was demolished in November/December 1974.

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Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

bigmoviefan on September 2, 2008 at 8:51 pm

I found some other info about the Mayfair. Believe it or not, there was a 10-tone Carillon installed in one of the towers! I’ll bet the stupid politicans who let this place get torn down didn’t know that.
Also, I found an article about a church in Laurelton, NJ that used a couple of steel beams that had been in the Mayfair Theater when the church was undergoing a renovation. If true, it’s nice to know that at least a small part of the Mayfair lives on.

robharp1 on December 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I saw a postcard of the Continental Hotel in Asbury Park online and there appears to be a theater next to the building. Does anyone know the name of the theater?

kathy2trips on December 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Have you seen this article? Apparently, this guy got a lot of architectural salvage out of the Mayfair and had it reconstructed, in his house! Unless I had too much wine tonight and got it wrong. But the photos are amazing!

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avguy on January 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

DEFG, do any of the Walter Reade documents you have reference the Paramount in Asbury Park? If so we would love to see them. Philip LaDue Assistant Technical Director Paramount Theater of Asbury Park

jets0709 on March 25, 2012 at 5:40 am

I was there the day that Mr. Lurch of Lurch demolition jumped into the crane and hit the main beam with the recking ball and the whole place came down. It even blew out window in the town across the lake.

AlbertCoates on August 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I am posting some aerial pictures of the Mayfair If you like “Where’s Waldo” you might enjoy these. Also one at dusk.

rivest266 on March 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm

August 5th, 1927 grand opening ad in photo section posted by Dallas movie theatres.

vindanpar on August 16, 2019 at 4:27 am

MayfairMike do you have anymore pictures of Asbury Park during the end of its hey in the 60s? Anymore outside and inside the St James and Paramount as well? The boardwalk?

MayfairMike on September 29, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I have a box of photos of most of the Asbury Park theaters. I will scan them if I can find it. I am posting some that somehow found their way into a box of family pictures. I worked in Asbury from 1973 to 1978.

HowardBHaas on September 29, 2019 at 6:04 pm

MayfairMike, Thanks so much for posting, they are wonderful photos! I hope you post more.

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