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.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
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.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
From the July 22, 1916 issue of Moving Picture World
Below: St Petersberg Times, Oct 4, 1930
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 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
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 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