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Title History of Theatre, Vaudeville and Movies in Hoboken, The. Volume 1.
Object Name Pamphlet
Catalog Number 2001.259.0001
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Collection Hoboken Theater & Performing Arts Collection
Credit Museum Collection.
Author Hans, Jim
Summary The History of Theatre, Vaudeville and Movies in Hoboken. Volume 1. Compiled and Published by the Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, [1987]. 1st thus.

Softcover, side-stitched, 8-1/2" x 11" high. pp. 24 including covers, illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps. One copy. PDF on file. Full text is in notes (.rft text file available.)

Written by Jim Hans. Publication funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission. Issued in association with the museum's second exhibition.

Subtitled: Locations of Hoboken Theatres, Movie Houses and Concert Halls (caberets, etc.) 1863-1963.
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Publisher Hoboken Historical Museum
Published Place Hoboken
Published Date 1987
Copy# 0.0
Physical Description 4to pamphlet
Year Range from 1987.0
Notes Hoboken Historical Museum
Library: 2001.259.0001
(transcription 2015 by Kate Peko)
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[Page 1 - front cover]

The History of Theatre, Vaudeville and Movies in Hoboken

[facsimile Gayety Theatre, Hoboken, N.J.]

Volume One
Compiled and Published by
The Hoboken Historical Museum
Washington and First Sts., Hoboken, N.J.

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[Page 2]

Gone… But not forgotten
Bishop P. 10
City P. 15
Empire P. 9
Erie P. 12
Eureka P. 12
Fabian P. 7
Gayety P. 21
Germania P. 9
Hippodrome P. 19
Ideal P. 22
Hoboken P. 7
Jefferson P. 14
Liberty P. 12
Lyric P. 7
Manor P. 22
Palace P. 10
Pastime P. 20
Rialto P. 9
Rivoli P. 8
U. S. P. 20
This publication funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission
Copyright, 1987, by Jim Hans

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[Page 3]

Locations
Of
Hoboken Theatres
Movie Houses
And
Concert Halls
(cabarets, etc.)
1863 - 1963

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[Page 4]

[facsimile of Theatrical Clubhouse 1929]
The Old Foundry on River St. Between first and Second Sts. The Birthplace
Of Many Yachts, Steamboats and Ferry Boats.
From a Sketch of the Original Building by A. W. Hutaf.

[picture of River Street Looking North from Newark Street]

In this 1890's (?) photograph, showing the laying of trolley tracks near
the main post office (right), can be seen the site of the Atlantic Garden Music
Hall (the short building, middle of the block, at 90-92 River Street).
Today the building still stands as part of the Clam Broth House. The large
building on the next corner in the distance is the old iron foundry, which was
purchased in 1929 by the nationally known literary figure Christopher Morley
for a theatrical clubhouse.

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[Page 5]

INTRODUCTION
By Jim Hans

Having been fascinated for years with Hoboken theatrical history, I jumped at the opportunity to explore the subject in greater depth, in the form of an exhibit and written history, when it was suggested to me that others might share my interest and enthusiasm.

Although I realized this would be a tremendous undertaking, I considered it well worthwhile. I was particularly interested in making clear how Hoboken was involved in the early history of motion pictures, and how Hoboken's proximity to New York City had made it a vital theatrical location since the 1850's.

That even the press has not in recent years publicized these historical developments makes the present study even more essential.

For this is the first comprehensive overview we have to date of the part Hoboken has played in film and theatrical history.

The amount of material discovered was overwhelming, a veritable gold-mine of scattered information, long buried in attics and private archives. My task then became to sift through this material and make the connections that would eventually give us a total picture, or at the very least the beginnings of one.

And far from complete as it yet may be, the historical picture painted here is inarguably the most comprehensive ever of a tradition that continues to this very day, with the fine work being done by Hoboken's theatre groups and by John Sayles and other, lesser-known Hoboken filmmakers.

This volume shows the exact locations of the various theatres, and a few other entertainment venues around town. All known theatres have been listed. Any unknown to us and not included here will, of course, be added as their existence comes to light. Other types of venues omitted here will be included in future volumes.

By studying these locations (using a 1923 property map), one can get a real sense of the physical setting of Hoboken theatricality - how thoroughly entertainment was integrated into neighborhood life, the extent to which it was a very real part of the community itself.

I hope that this booklet will whet your appetite for the theatrical history of Hoboken still to come.

[facsimile Germania Garden]

Located at 118 Hudson Street (old No. 72), between First and Second Streets, this popular theatre was sometimes called the German Garden. The line drawing, (right) from an 1884 Stevens Institute publication "The Bolt", depicts the theatre, which operated between circa 1879 and 1886 under the management of Robert Wareing.

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[Page 6]

The Premier Vaudeville Theatre of Hudson County

[facsimile of Fabian Theatre]

Fabian Theatre
The Fabian Theatre opened August 2, 1928, the day after the above drawing appeared in the Jersey Observer. Besides first-run motion pictures, many local entertainers played here, including the young Frank Sinatra. James Cagney was said to have appeared on the Fabian stage as well, in his early days as a hoofer.
Although the 3,500 seat theatre was built after the 1923 property map (next page) was published, we entered the name here to show how the theatre, Hoboken's largest, took the place of 9 average-size lots (number 9 through 17). Properties on lot numbers 18, 19 and 20 (still shown here) were removed in 1928 to widen Newark Street. Notice also there was a stable or garage fronting Court Street, on log number 72. The Fabian was the last theatre in Hoboken to close, lasting until around 1964-65.

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[Page 7]

1. Fabian Theatre
Motion Picture, Vaudeville
69 Newark Street, corner of Washington Street
(1928 - 1963 - ?)

2. Lyric Theatre
Light Opera, Stage Productions,
Vaudeville, Motion Pictures
79 - 83 Hudson Street, near Hudson Place
(1895 - 1959?)


Hoboken Theatre
Opera, Stage Productions,
Vaudeville
79 - 83 Hudson Street
(1873 - 1895)

3. Atlantic Garden
Music Hall (Cabaret)
90 - 92 River Street, near Newark Street
(1909 - 1916 - ?)

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[Page 8]

[facsimile Rialto Theatre]
Hoboken, N. J.
Phone Hoboken 3-7854
Formerly The Empire

1. Rivoli Theatre
(formerly Bagelmann's Hall,
? - 1902 - 1909 - ?)
Motion Pictures
107 - 109 Washington Street
(circa 1913 - 1943 - ?)

2.Theatre Comique
Music Hall? Cabaret?
111 Washington Street (old No. 61?)
(circa 1880 - 1885 - ?)

3.Orpheum
Stage Productions, Concert Hall
127 Washington Street
(circa 1908 - 1913 - ?)

[picture of The Empire Theatre)

The Empire, "one of the handsomest and costliest
and most luxuriously appointed theatres in the state",
was erected in 1902. It was designed by architects
J. B. McElfatrick [sic] and Sons, N.Y. This photo was taken
from a postcard that was published around 1914.
[facsimile man and woman dressed up]

[advertisement]

The Casino
Wm Geiger, Proprietor,
Vocal and Vaudeville Concert Every night. Pabst Milwaukee and
Imported Beers.
100 to 106 River Street, Hoboken
Advertisement 1904.

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[Page 9]
[continued from page 8]

3. Gantzberg's Theatre (Hall)
Cabaret? Stage productions
127 Washington Street
(circa 1879 - 1899 - 1902 (Hall) - ?)

4.Rialto (formerly the Empire)
Stock, Light Opera, Stage Productions,
Burlesque, Revues, Motion Pictures
118 - 120 Hudson Street
(1928 - circa 1959)

Empire
Vaudeville, Burlesque, Stock,
Stage Productions, Motion Pictures
118 - 120 Hudson Street
(1902 - 1921 - ?)

Star Theatre
Vaudeville, Burlesque
118 - 12- Hudson Street
(circa December 1895 - circa 1901)

The Bijou Theatre
Vaudeville, Burlesque (?), Stock (?)
118 Hudson Street
(February 1895 - May 1895?)

Germania Garden
Vaudeville, Stage Productions,
Music Hall.
118 - 120- Hudson Street (old No. 68-74)
(circa 1863 - 1895)

5. (Charles) Reinking's Music Hall
Cabaret
125-127 Hudson Street
(1909 - 1915 - ?)

Hansa Concert House
(formerly The Club House* circa 1892)
Cabaret?
125 - 127 Hudson Street
(circa 1893 - 1908)

6.(S. Benjamin H.) Kelly's
Concert Hall (Cabaret)
100 - 102 River Street
(circa 1913 - ?)

The Casino
Music Hall, Vaudeville
100 - 106 River Street
(circa 1903 - 1913)

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[Page 10)

1. German Variety Concert Hall
118 Washington Street
(circa 1907 - 1913?)

Imperial Music Hall
(Colligan's Cabaret)
Vaudeville
118 Washington Street
(circa 1895 - 1907?)

2.The Palace
Motion Pictures
116 Washington Street
(1913 - circa 1936)

Ideal Music Hall
Cabaret?
116 Washington St.
(circa 1903 - 1913?)

3. Bishop Theatre
Motion Pictures
106 First Street
(1912 - circa 1934)

Europa Theatre
Motion Pictures
106 First Street
(circa 1935 - circa 1940)

4. Royal Music Hall
Cabaret (?)
151 First Street
(circa 1909 - ?)

5.Star Nicolette
Motion Pictures
157 First Street
(circa 1909 - ?)
[advertisement 1907]

"Flora"
Deutsches Variete
118 Washington Street
Hoboken, N. J.
Edward I. Reich, Prop.
A. F. Gerken, Manager
Ernst Naumann, Stage Mgr.
Tede Woche Neues Programm
Eintritt frei
Translation:
German Variety Theatre
Each Week New Program
Admission Free
("Flora has the sense of a bevy of girls".)

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[Page 11]

[Picture of Bishop Theatre looking west on First Street in 1933]

Bishop Theatre
Henry Bishop opened his moving picture theatre around 1912 opposite City Hall. The attractive, substantial building at 106 First Street, although somewhat altered, still stands. It has been the site of the Shannon Bar for many years. In this photograph, taken in 1933 (evidently in the summer) looking west on First Street, we can see a portion of a marquee that reads "photoplays". Notice also that the picture "King Kong", released that year, was playing! It is interesting to note that in the original screenplay of "King Kong" the ship that figures in the classic adventure leaves from Hoboken. The Bishop Theatre closed about 1935. Phot, courtesy of United Decorating Co., Hoboken.

[Advertisements]

Bishop's Theatre Hoboken
First St. nr. Washington St., Hoboken
To-Day - Kalem Co. Presents
Myrtle Tannehill
In the Broadway Star Production
"The Barnstormers"
In four parts
Regular Program in Addition
To-morrow - Universal Co. Presents
"Scandal" in 5 Reels
A drama you'll never forget
Written by Lois Weber, author of "Hypocrites."
[local newspaper theatre listing, 1915]

Amusements
Cooligan's Imperial Music Hall
118 Washington Street, Hoboken.
Madeline Marsh
Tillie Austin
Dolly Shannon
May Smith
Mamie Curtis
Mike Smith
Matinee Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Admission Free
[The Observer December, 1895]

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[Page 12 & 13]

1. Erie
Motion Pictures
259 First Street
(1930 - ?)

Eureka
Motion Picture
259 First Street
(1909 - 1929 _ ?)

2. (Fred C.) Roesch's
Motion Pictures
108 Clinton Street
(1909 - ?)

3. Moving Picture Parlor (Nicolet) (Name?)
Motion Pictures
354 First Street
(1909 - ?)

4. (Phillip) Gottlieb's
Motion Pictures
357 First Street
(circa 1911 - ?)

5. Eichler's
Cabaret
368 First Street
(? - 1923 - ?)

6.Liberty Theatre
Motion Pictures
401 First Street
(96 Grand Street)
(circa 1917 - circa 1934)

7. (Wm.) Goeller's Nicolet
Motion Pictures
231 Grand Street
(circa 1909 - ?)

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[Page 14]

1.Jefferson Theatre
Motion Pictures
95 Jefferson Street (463 - 465 First Street)
(circa 1913 - 1923 - ?)

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[Page 15]

1.(George) Graf's Nicolet
Motion Pictures
109 Madison St.
(circa 1909 - ?)

2. Moving Picture House (Name?)
Motion Pictures
204 - 206 Monroe Street
(circa 1911 - ?)

3. City Theatre
Motion Pictures
610 - 614 First Street, (101 - 107 Jackson Street)

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[Page 16]

1.(Nicholas) La Porta's
(Washington Street Theatre Co.)
Motion Pictures
356 Fifth Street
(circa 1913 - ?)

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[Page 17]

1. Naples Garden
Motion Pictures
623 - 625 Jefferson Street
(1923 - circa 1934)

[Page 18]

[Advertisement 1908]
The Olympic Theatre…..
Refined Vaudeville and Screen Comedy.
2:30 to 10:30 P.M.

1. (unreadable - cut off)
Cabaret ?
220 River Street
(circa 1899 - 1910?)

2.(unreadable - cut off)
Wrestling Matches, 1913
41 Third Street
(? - 1913 - ?)

3. Meyers Hotel (Meyers Cellar)
"Entertainment Nightly" (Late 1920's)
229 - 231 Hudson Street
(1880's - 1960's)

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[Page 19]

1. Palace Garden
Motion Pictures and Hall
412 - 414 Washington Street
(circa 1914 - 1931 - ?)

2. Hippodrome
Motion Pictures
420 Washington Street
(1903 - ?)

3.Stevens Institute Lecture Hall - Theatre
Student Productions, Variety
"A" Building, Stevens Campus
(1870's - 1980's)

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[Page 20]

1. Daly's Pastime Theatre
Motion Pictures, Stage Productions
607 Washington Street
(circa 1910 - 1915?)

2. U. S. Theatre
Vaudeville, Motion Pictures
617 - 623 Washington Street
(circa 1913 - 1950 - ?)

3.Union Club
Stage Productions, Variety
600 Hudson Street
(1860's - 1960's)

[advertisements]

Warner Bros.
U. S. Theatre
Hoboken, N. J.
Announcement Extraordinary!
Sun., Mon. & Tues., April 24-25-26

A Message from "Schnozzle" Durante:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, this picture is the nuts! Ha-cha! Has that guy Keaton sex appeal? And am I Jimmy the Sheik? And wait till you lamp my gal, Polly Moran! It's pandemonium. I tell, pandemonium!"
"SCHNOZZLE."
Buster Keaton
Jimmy Durante
Polly Moran
The Passionate Plumber
Metro Goldwyn Mayer

------------- Associate Feature ---------------

He gave her ten minutes to turn from ice - to fire!
A woman of ice - melted by love! .... She was cool, cold, frigid
In the face of life… But face to face with love her soul smouldered in rapture … and burned its brand.
Gloria Swanson in
"Tonight or Never"

------ Also -------

Babe Ruth in "Play Ball"

[advertisement 1913]
Compliments of the
Pastime Theatre
Sixth and Washington Street
A Fifty Cent Shop for Five Cents.

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[Page 21]

1. Masonic Club
Light Variety
1101 - 1109 Bloomfield Street
(circa 1916 - 1964 - ?)

Columbia Club
Stage Productions, Light Variety
1101 - 1109 Bloomfield Street
(1892 - circa 1916?)

2.Elks Club
Light Variety
1007 - 1011 Washington Street
(circa 1905 - Present)

3.Strand Theatre
Stage Productions, Vaudeville,
Burlesque, Motion Pictures
1013 - 1019 Washington Street
(1919? - 1924?)

The Gayety
Stock , Vaudeville, Burlesque
1013 - 1019 Washington Street
(circa 1909 - circa 1916)

The Quartette [sic - Quartett] Club
Stage Productions
1013 - 1019 Washington Street
(1891 - 1906)

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[Page 22]

1. Fourteenth Street Theatre
(Andrew Serventi's)
Motion Pictures
1400 - 1404 Park Avenue
(circa 1912 - circa 1922?)

2. Ideal Theatre
Motion Pictures
58 - 60 Fourteenth Street
(circa 1913 - June, 1928)

The Manor
Motion Pictures
58 - 60 Fourteenth Street
1928 - 1929 - ?

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[page 23 - inside back cover]

[advertisement]

STEVENS
Part of the history of Hoboken

[facsimiles]
Steam Engine
"John Bull" The Oldest Locomotive in the United States
Bust: Col. John Stevens (1749 - 1838)
1804 Boat
Another Engine
The "Naugatuck"

STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
a tradition of leadership since 1870
Graduate and Undergraduate Study and Research in
ENGINEERING
SCIENCE
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MANAGEMENT

STEVENS
Institute of Technology
Castle Point, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030

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[page 24 - back cover]

Museum Hours
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Weekdays
6:30 p.m. - 9: p.m.
Wednesday Evenings
Mailing Address: P. O. Box M-1220, Hoboken, N.J. 07030

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