Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Human Stain

The Human Stain is a 2000 Novel by Philip Roth, and the protagonist of the novel is Coleman Silk, a graduate of East Orange High School during the 1940's. In the section below, at the novel's end which takes place in the late 1990's, Silk's sister reminisces about life in East Orange before 1955.

Ashland Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

Main Street in Orange, Early 20th Century

                       Above: looking west on Main Street across the Day Street intersection

                               Below: looking east across the Essex Avenue intersection

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Ampere Theater

The Ampere Theater was at 237 North 18th Street. The building is now used as a church.

A 1917 article in Music Trade Review says an Ampere Theater corporation was formed at 380 Main St with $125,000 in capital

                                                      Below: from a 1943 Film article

In a 1945 movie theater guide, The Ampere is listed as having only 430 seats.

Joseph E. Rubenstein

March 07, 2006|The Morning Call
Joseph E. Rubenstein, 90, of Bethlehem, formerly of Wilson, died March 5. He was a son of the late Hyman and Bessie (Rubin) Rubenstein. He and his wife, Shirley Sobelson, were married for 67 years in August. He was a graduate of Ithaca College and served in Europe during World War II as a staff sergeant in the 102nd Ozark Infantry Division. He owned Ampere Theater, East Orange, N.J., and later worked for The Strand Shop, Bangor. He was a member of Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton, where he served as vice president and trustee for many years. He was a past president of the local Bnai Brith and the Jewish Community Council. He was a chairman of the Israel Bond and United Jewish Appeal drives. He was a member of Lafayette Masonic Lodge and the Jewish War Veterans, and was a volunteer for Easton Hospital.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Palace Movie Theater

From  the July 22, 1916 issue of Moving Picture World

                                              Below: St Petersberg Times, Oct 4, 1930

 The Palace auditorium was bisected by the city line between Orange and East Orange, and prior to repeal of some of the old Sunday Blue Laws, the left side of the auditorium had to be roped off on Sundays, as East Orange forbade the showing of movies on Sunday and all seating had to be within the Orange city limits!

Oct 2, 1930, The Olean Times Herald, Olean, NY

KEEP SUNDAY LAW WITH ROPE LENGTH (By United Press) Orange, N. J., Oct. 2.--The Palace moving-picture theater, which stands on the dividing line between this town and East Orange, with half of Its seats in one town and the other half In the other, will on future Sundays preserve the piety of East Orange with a length of rope. Orange Is legalizing Sunday moving pictures. But East Orange stands firmly against them, and Mayor Charles H. Martens of East Orange has announced he will rope off his half of the theater "to protect East Orange from the affects of Sunday movies in Orange."

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Halsted Movie Theater

          The Halsted Theatre was on the north side of Central Avenue near the Halsted Street intersection.

Above: the photo and article are from an October 10, 1914 issue of the magazine  Reel Life

                                                           Below: circa 1920 letter

No mention of The Halsted (sometimes misspelled as Halstead) appears after the 1920 envelope above. It's possible that the name of the theater was changed or that it simply closed after the opening in 1925 of the much larger Hollywood Theater on Central Avenue several blocks away

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Hollywood Movie Theater

The Hollywood Theater operated on Central Avenue near the South Harrison Street intersection from 1925 until the 1970's or 1980's. 

The theater had 1500 seats and, on May 16, 1940, hosted the world premier of the movie Edison the Man starring Spencer Tracy. (Tracy stayed around the corner on South Harrison at The Hotel Suburban while in town)

A New York Times article about the short-lived reopening of the Hollywood Theater in December, 2006