State Theatre

61 Van Houten Street,
Paterson, NJ 07505

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rivest266 on March 2, 2019 at 10:30 am

This reopened as the State theatre on April 11th, 1936. Grand opening ad posted.

lfreimauer on October 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

For many years the outsde wall of the building had the Orpheum name on it. (in the 50’s)

teecee on June 13, 2008 at 6:04 am

Indeed today this buidling houses a mosque called Masjid Jalalabad
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VanRen on August 5, 2007 at 6:22 pm

My grandfather, John Van Rensalier (1881-1943) was an accomplished black pianist, organist and vaudville entertainer will know in Paterson, NJ who also played at the ORPHEUM THEATER for silent films and burlesque in the early 1900s. I would be very interested in contacting “Uncle Floyd” about those rare photos he found. Any help is most appreciated.

teecee on April 6, 2007 at 12:06 pm

On page 68 of Images of America: Downtown Paterson there is a photo of the wall in the main description. The caption confirms my suspicion that the Orpheum later became the State Theatre. The building is now owned by the Islamic Foundation of New Jersey. A Google search puts that Foundation at 61 Van Houten Street.

teecee on June 7, 2005 at 2:25 pm

This 1913 photo shows the Orpheum. It is the light colored building partially blocked by the left most beam.

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The handwritten description states “Market Street”. Depending on the configuration of the station and the local streets at that time, it may have been possible to view Van Houten street from the Market Street station.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 24, 2005 at 8:24 am

53-39 Van Houten Street, Paterson, NJ. 07505, does map out on Mapquest. I think you are correct in saying that the Orpheum Theater became the State Theater which is listed as having 1,184 seats.

The only other theatre I have a record of on Van Houten Street is the Lyceum Theatre at 123 Van Houten Street.

teecee on March 24, 2005 at 7:55 am

The 1951 FDY doesn’t have a listing for the Orpheum. It lists a State theater at 53-39 Houten Street. Houten street doesn’t show up on Mapquest. Could this possibly be the same theater as the Orpheum?

teecee on March 13, 2005 at 10:01 am

The Orpheum is located on Van Houten Street. It was built by Billy Watson who broke from his partnership with Ben Leavitt as operators of the West Street Bijou. At the Orpheum, Watson conducted a burlesque and picture theatre.