Fords Cinema

537 New Brunswick Avenue,
Fords, NJ 08863

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Previously operated by: Independent Theater Service Inc.

Previous Names: Fords Playhouse

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Small town theater which opened as Fords Playhouse in December 1925. In later years was known as the Fords Cinema. It was demolished in February 2023.

Contributed by Erwin Markisch

Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

Craig on December 30, 2013 at 11:33 am

Opened the second week in December, 1927 featuring vaudeville acts and the film “Dress Parade.”

markp on December 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

Craig, please keep us posted. My father worked there as a projectionist in the 60’s and very early 70’s.

kasha13 on March 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm

really sad… I LOVED this theater… spent every friday or saturday watching movies….

aud on May 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

I lived across the street from the Fords Theater in the 1940’s and went there every time the picture changed. Back then it was $.25 admission and the movies were Roy Rogers or Gene Autry. I met my future husband there when he had a broken seat and I kept kicking it. We are now married 59 years thanks to the Fords Theater. My father owned JR’S Tavern prior to its present name.

Craig on February 3, 2023 at 7:36 am

Just read scheduled for demolition Feb 5, 2023 building has fallen in such disrepair it could not be salvaged.

From my recollection the proprietors were Mr. George Lang and his wife Anna.

markp on February 3, 2023 at 8:53 am

My father was a projectionist here in the 60s. Youn are correct about the Langs. I remember always hearing that name. In the late 60s/early 70s Fernando Bravo operated it along with the Royal in Perth Amboy.

markp on February 15, 2023 at 6:28 pm

Demolition has begun on the front facade. I was told by one of the workers that the Auditorium will be torn down next week.

markp on February 16, 2023 at 5:54 pm

Weather permitting the auditorium will be demolished starting tomw, Friday.

Craig on February 17, 2023 at 11:08 am

Numerous posts and video on social media, 17 Fed. 2023 interior has been gutted and heavy machinery is pulling the structure down from the rear. Sad the demolition started in the stage area that once hosted Vaudeville acts.

markp on February 17, 2023 at 7:31 pm

As of 4 pm today the auditorium is a pile of rubble. Status should be changed to Demolished.

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