Pix Theater

319 Main Street,
Orange, NJ 07050

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Functions: Office Space, Restaurant

Styles: Colonial Revival

Previous Names: Pix Newsreel Theater

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This was one of the few newsreel theaters that survived the advent of TV, at least into the mid-1950’s. Not particularly distinguished architecturally, or in interior decor, but one of the glitziest facades I can remember with gold-mirror plating on the front of the building and an animated neon marquee almost as big as the building itself. Closed in the mid-1950’s and converted to office space in 1963. The 1st floor entrance is in use as a pizza centre.

Contributed by Jim Thatcher

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

teecee on March 20, 2005 at 7:59 pm

1951 FDY lists an Embassy Theater at 347 Main Street. Is this the same theater?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 20, 2005 at 8:37 pm

My 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook gives a street address of the Pix Newsreel Theatre as 319 Main Street. The Embassy Theatre at 347 Main St had 1,915 seats.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on October 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I have an address of 139 Main.

donnielee46 on November 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

@Teecee…Jim Thatcher’s post is incorrect. The building at the RIGHT of the view is the old Pix Newsreel, NOT the building at the left with the Pizza Center on the first floor. The Pix was already closed and vacant (but still surviving as a theater) as late as the 1960’s. This is not the same as the Embassy, which was located several blocks west. The Palace was several blocks east on the opposite side of Main Street.

kevindilworth on May 18, 2018 at 12:17 am

-The 2,073-seat Embassy theatre was at 349 Main Street, Orange, N.J. The 650-seat Pix (now a pizza center) was at 319 Main Street, orange, N.J. The 850-seat Colonial theatre was at 139 Main Street, off Park Street, Orange, N.J. The 1,400-seat Palace theatre was at 2 Main Street, Orange, N.J., at the East Orange, N.J. border.

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