Amboy Multiplex Cinemas

US Highway 9 and State Route 35,
Sayreville, NJ 08872

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Previously operated by: National Amusements

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Built on the site of the Amboys Drive-In and located just off the Garden State Parkway as you go off the Driscoll Bridge. This theatre was entertaining audiences in central Jersey since opening on December 7, 1979. A sister theatre, Hazlet Multiplex Cinemas, shares the same design (I think) as this theatre. The Amboy Multiplex Cinemas was expanded to 8-screens on 21st August, 1981. On 11th June 1982 it became 10-screens. In 1985 it finally became a 14-screen multiplex.

It was closed on May 28, 2005 due to the foyer floor sinking. It was demolished in August 2023.

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Recent comments (view all 228 comments)

markp on September 19, 2023 at 5:50 pm

rcampton, I was one of the projectionists from 1984 till it closed in 2005. I remember Ted, Jimmy, Frank, Danny and Ed the other projectionists. I got in to the booth on one of the last days before it was demolished. Everything was gone. It was all pushed over into theatre 13. Office equipment, everything. All the theatres were full of water. The roof in 14 had holes in it and a tree was growing in there. It was sickening and sad at the same time. Im 64 years old now and realize I spent a third of my life there. Best of times for sure.

Awalz266 on September 20, 2023 at 9:09 am

rcampton, I started working the re as an usher about August 1984. Could be that you were the manager that hired me. Do you recall any other managers names at that time. I’ve seen alot of different managers during my time there too. Your name is familiar to me. It was alot of fun working those years there. Made alot of friends. Still run into some occasionally. Also met my wife while working there. Good to see people commenting on this. Too bad the theater is gone. Remember it from the time it was a drive in. Was working there when they did the extension on the end of the building. And if I recall, didn’t they split 2 theaters near the lobby to make 2 more. It really was good times there.

rcampton on September 20, 2023 at 11:42 am

markp, i remember all of those guys too and most of them are gone now. wasn’t ed teddy’s son? i think the managing director in 1984 was either steve horton or tim ramps. do you remember either one of them? i was the house manager when tim was the MD.

rcampton on September 20, 2023 at 11:46 am

Awalz266, it’s very possible i did hire you. Other managers were Mark P., Mike B., Evelyn S. do you remember any of them?

Awalz266 on September 22, 2023 at 4:59 am

Rcampton, yes I remember all of them. Mark P was someone who was there the whole time I was. And didn’t Evelyn work alot of the time with concessions?

markp on September 22, 2023 at 1:57 pm

rcampton yes Ed was Teds son. I remember Evelyn. I seem to remember a Charlie Ralston as a Division Manager.

davidcoppock on September 27, 2023 at 3:53 am

Is anything planned to be built on this site?

markp on September 27, 2023 at 4:52 pm

Rumor is more retail. I say they put up a 3 screen drive in theatre.

datook on December 2, 2023 at 11:48 am

Does anyone know what the final movies were playing when the theater closed?

Paul on December 11, 2023 at 11:22 am

It was demolished in August 2023. I drove past there on the Parkway the other day (December 2023) and the building was gone. I wouldn’t be surprised, like most of Middlesex County, if apartments or condos are planned for the site.

I saw many, many movies there in the ‘80s and early '90s, until the Loews opened on Rt. 1 in New Brunswick in 1996.

The theater and physical location had a complicated history, but it now belongs to the ages.

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