Located at the crossroads of Warren County, The Washington Theatre has been entertaining people for over 7 decades. Built in the final years of silent movies, this majestic old theatre features a classically styled lobby along with two modern auditoriums and the best of current motion picture technology.
The Construction began on The Washington Theatre back in April of 1926 and was completed by January of 1927. Built for both silent movies and vaudeville, the theatre held 800 seats and proudly proclaimed itself “The Showplace Of Northwestern New Jersey.” Just four years later in 1931, the theatre was “modernized” with the addition of sound.
Since its founding by the Lyons Theatre Circuit, The Washington Theatre has had many owners. In the 1970’s, the theatre was “twined”, at which time much of its ornate style was covered over or destroyed. Over the subsequent years, the once majestic theatre fell into a state of disrepair, until in 1997 the theatre finally closed. The Washington Theatre did not die however. Briefly reopened by a local community group, in August of 1998 the theatre was acquired by the New Jersey based Galaxy Theatre Corporation. After extensive renovations to restore the remaining grandeur back to the lobby areas, and extensive repairs and cleanup to the auditoriums, The Washington Theatre is once again The Showplace Of Northwestern New Jersey. Charles Van Bibber – Cinema Treasures dot org
….the Apollo probably exerted a greater influence upon popular culture than any other entertainment venue in the world. For blacks it was the most important cultural institution–not just the greatest black theatre, but a special place to come of age emotionally, professionally, socially, and politically. Ted Fox, “Showtime at the Apollo”
Hotel Theresa: the Waldorf of Harlem – Trivia-
Fidel Castro and his staff came to New York in 1960 when he was to address the United Nations. They first checked in to the Shelburne Hotel at Lexington Avenue and 37th Street but moved to the Hotel Theresa when the Shelburne demanded $10,000 for alleged damage that included cooking chickens in their rooms. The Theresa was the beneficiary of the worldwide publicity when Nikita Khrushchev, the premier of the Soviet Union; Jawaharlal Nehru, the prime minister of India; and Malcom X, all visited Castro there. Castro’s entourage rented eighty rooms for a total of $800 per day. – Famous Hotels dot org
- Apollo Theatre History – Official Website
Someone was living in the Lyric Theater when I saw it last about 21 years ago. It was a small white stucco building and still had its “Lyric” sign. Carrizozo is a quiet town in central/southeast New Mexico.The Carrizozo Theater was opened in 1916 as an Opera House. It was screening films by 1918. By the 1930’s it had been renamed Crystal Theater, and was renamed Lyric Theater in the early 1940’s, when the seating capacity was listed as 319.
The Lyric Theater was closed in 1979, after problems & protests over the screening of “The Excorcist”[sic].
In 2010, there are plans being prepared to renovate the Lyric Theater. – Don Lewis for Cinema Treasures
- Old Georgetown Theater For Sale – Georgetown Metropolitan – August 2009
- Old Georgetown Theater, Soon to Be Empty, Still For Sale – Georgetown Metropolitan – August 2011