Empire Theater

Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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50sSNIPES on September 2, 2021 at 3:41 pm

The Empire opened its doors on September 20, 1909 under the management of Frank Evans and Perry Ryan of the borough of Fair Haven who has been in the theater business prior to the Empire opening.

Kat_En on April 12, 2016 at 7:39 pm

You may find it interesting that the Empire Theater in Red Bank NJ is mentioned in the January 1911 edition of Moving Picture News on Page 17. The article is as follows: Vaudeville – Chas. W. Ritter, of Red Bank, N.J., has made a flattering success of his moving picture show and has developed into a manager of no small proportions. His Empire Theater at Red Bank is his second venture, he having owned the Bijou, which was recently destroyed by fire. Mr. Ritter has had plans prepared wand will build a terra cotta theater with all the latest safeguards against fire, etc., at Rahway, N.J. and will manage this in connection with his Red Bank house. His shows are up-to-date and only good, clean pictures and acts are given.

teecee on April 12, 2008 at 8:15 am

Open from at least 1913. Managed by M.E. McNulty, known locally as Mr. Barnum of Red Bank. In addition to showing moving pictures, his vaudeville shows at the Empire featured dancers, magicians and animals. The roof collapsed in January 1920 from heavy snow. The building was ruined and never reopened.

source: Stars of the New Jersey Shore, page 110

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 6, 2005 at 3:53 pm

The Emprire Theatre, Red Bank, NJ is listed in the 1914/15 edition of American Motion Picture Directory (no street or full address is given). The Lyric and the Majestic are listed as the other two theatres in town at that time