Elwood Theatre

642 Broadway,
Newark, NJ 07104

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Elwood Theatre

Situated in the outskirts of Newark, the Elwood Theatre first opened in August, 1931, with a policy of second-run double features. I have no other information about it, but it was the very first movie theatre that I ever attended. My parents took me there to see Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” during its first go-round. More than sixty years later, I still have occasional nightmares about the cackling witch and the poisoned apple.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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LUISMEL on March 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Here’s is where the Elwood Theater once stand now as you can see is a White Castle look at the image View link

Oleksij on September 30, 2010 at 11:01 am

I went to the Elwood several times in the late 1960s. I remember seeing “Born Free” there a couple of times, as well as “To Sir, with Love,” and “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!” I remember it as being a very modern-looking theatre, so I am surprised to see that it was built in the 1930s.

And yes, the 642 address is correct, because that is the corner of Washington and Elwood.

LUISMEL on February 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Actually the Elwood Theater was located at the corner of Elwood and Broadway which once you would cross into Belleville it becomes Washington.

BobFurmanek on March 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm

The Elwood was used in 1954 as a case study by the local Altec service team for stereophonic sound: http://www.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1954-5-8&page_no=154#page_start

BobFurmanek on March 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Harry Katz, the man in charge of the projection booth, was Jerry Lewis' uncle!

Vaudevillan on April 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Luismel is correct. It is now a White Castle. It is near the Belleville border but not close enough to just cross over. It is about 5 blocks from border. Saw Texas Chain Saw Massacre & Exorcist there (originals).

Chazz on January 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

The Elwood theater was built by my immigrant-grandfather, Simon Levin, and later owned by my father and his brothers. My brother worked here on Saturdays putting together the movie posters and stands. I remember going as a small child. The 3 things I remember are getting popcorn in a manila envelope because someone else ran the concession stand and the cardboard buckets were costly; our father and uncles had an office there and I remember being taken aback when I saw they kept a loaded gun in a holster attached to the arm of a chair in the office; they had a big red velvet curtain that retracted to reveal the screen. My grandfather also built the Palace and Pix theaters in Orange, NJ.

robdiggie on April 13, 2016 at 1:14 pm

I remember the Elwood Theater as a kid in the mid 70’s. My parents would take us kids. By this time the theater was only showing Latin films and occasionally Puerto Rican comedian stars would come from NY, Mexico, and the Caribbean it was its last howrah. By 1978 the theater had fallen into disrepair and not being kept up and the neighborhood was by this time crime ridden where not many families were safe going into the area of North Newark. As the 80s came so did the demolition. Today a White Castle hamburger chain stands on the site of the Elwood Theater.

Transie1 on March 18, 2018 at 1:38 pm

I lived in walking distance of the Elwood Theatre. I remember going there in the mid Sixties with other kids from the Forest Hill neighborhood. It was inexpensive and the weekend matinees played movie favorites such as the Beach Blanket series starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon along with horror movies such as The House on Haunted Hill and Brainstrom. In addition the Elwood showed several films in the Thief of Baghdad genre – in blazing color and with super size genies. I suspect that some of the movies were Italian imports that were dubbed. Many fond memories of a place where my love of this art form began.

dallasmovietheaters on May 13, 2019 at 7:15 pm

Photos of the 1959 refresh by Eastern Theatres Circuit in photos.

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