Cameo Theatre

223 Ocean Avenue,
Jersey City, NJ 07305

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit, Independent Theater Service Inc.

Architects: C.H. Ziegler

Functions: Retail

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Open since at least November 9, 1926 when a Wurlitzer organ (opus 1502) was installed. This theatre is listed as operating in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook.

Contributed by tc

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teecee on March 2, 2006 at 7:56 am

Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee on June 10, 2007 at 2:43 pm

This was a Fox theatre doing live shows in 1929:

Program cover:

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kencmcintyre on November 12, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Looking at the view of 223 Ocean Avenue on Google Maps, it looks like the theater building is being used to sell office furniture. The adjoining business is Peckman’s Pharmacy, which may be using part of the old theater building for storage. I don’t think 1485 people could fit in the small furniture building.

RickB on April 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm

This picture suggests that the theater was converted to a bowling alley at some time.

spectrum on March 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

The current store in the front is selling office supplies. The drugstore appears to be gone now, -the theatre’s storefront is the only one left on this side of the block – all else is parking. But you can see the auditorium in back. people would walk straight back and turn turn right to enter the auditorium. From the air it looks big enough to seat at least 1,000. There is a small window in the side wall of the auditorium so it may be gutted inside. Then again they may have simply punched a small hole in the wall. The side that’s the back of the lobby is still complete – no windows.

countup on September 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

i sold newspapers on the corner, in the sixties, and early seventies. the theater was alreay a bowling then.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

The Cameo Theatre in Jersey City was set to open the following night, according to an announcement in the January 16, 1927, issue of The Film Daily.

patty1 on September 19, 2013 at 7:46 am

The theater became a bowling alley, then Murray’s steaks, there was a cup and cone on the north end of the building followed by Peckman’s pharmacy,then Kozak paints and last a pet store. Peckman’s occupies most of the building, mostly where the seats were.The lobby part of the building was where Murray’s steaks and the used furniture store were located. The others were on the stage end. At the present time the lobby section and the stage section seem to be vacant.

I saw my first movie there “Davy Crockett”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

The “Theaters in Construction” column of the February 3, 1926, issue of Variety had this item:

“Jersey City. — (also stores, offices) $200,000. Ocean avenue. Owner, Cameo Theatre, Inc., 221 Ocean avenue. Architect, C. H. Ziegler. Policy not given.”
C. H. Ziegler was also the architect of the Orient Theatre in Jersey City.

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