Website dedicated to Menlo Park and Blue Star Cinemas!
posted by verranth1 on January 4, 2008 at 7:50 am
I am in the very early stages of starting a small website dedicated to the memories of the General Cinemas owned Menlo Park Cinema and Blue Star Cinema, both formerly located in Central New Jersey.
Both movie theatres were a haven for me as a child and adolescent and judging from responses on this website, they meant a great deal to many others as well.
If anyone has photos, or ads or stories they would like to share, I would of course give full credit. I am especially looking for any exterior and interior photos.
You can reach me .
Anthony (formerly of Green Brook, NJ)
Nice to see someone besides me who loved these places, especially Menlo Park. I was an usher in Menlo Park when Star Wars first started. At the same time I joined IATSE Local 379 (now 534) to join my dad as a projectionist. I remember the fall of ‘76 when the wall went down the middle of Menlo. My dad was a relief projectionist there from 1982 until it closed in Dec.1991. I became one of the main projectionists there in April 1989, and stayed till the end. Ironically, I ended up as the main projectionist at Blue Star in March 1992. I left there in June 1994, seeing that Blue Star’s attendance was in decline, to work a newly opened 10-plex in Ocean Twp. N.J. The thing I’ll always rember about Menlo was the lines of people. We always played exclusive, and movies would run 4, 5, maybe 6 months at a time. We’ll never see that again.