Lost Picture Show

2495 Springfield Avenue,
Union, NJ 07088

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Opened on April 10, 1974 with John Voight in “Midnight Cowboy” & George Segal in “Where’s Poppa?”. Initially it showed feature films, then showed art house films. It was closed on March 31, 1999.

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pbubny on June 30, 2006 at 12:35 pm

Actually, it was the old Center Theatre in Bloomfield that Roberts leased for a time and renamed the Lost Picture Show, twinning it after taking it over. The Center is still open as a live theatre venue, but the Royal was demolished some years ago.

fred1 on June 30, 2006 at 12:43 pm

paul your right it been years since i pass those theaters on bloomfield rd.

SPOK on September 3, 2007 at 12:55 am

I am sorry that I did not get to The Lost Picture Show earlier in its life. I was a frequent visitor to the Union Market when I attended nearby Seton Hall University, but took little notice of the cinema. The solitary movie I saw there was DAS BOOT when it was originally released. That was a great movie to see on the large screen.

Unfortunately theaters like The Lost Picture Show are far and few between. Whenever there is an oddball or other than mainline film released (or re-released) it is difficult to locate it. For example, when The Beatles first two movies were restored and re-released they only showed in the newspaper movie schedule at some obscure theater in Philadelphia. The same held true for the more recently released DOWNFALL. The Lost Picture Show was basically one of those obscure theaters that was virtually in my back yard and I regret having discovered it on the eve of leaving for several years active duty in the Army.

NickyG on January 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Saw some films here when visiting family in central Jersey in 80s/90s…seemed like a shaky operation but they brought much needed “art” movies to area…Also a little hard to find as I recall.

TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Any photos of the LOST PICTURE SHOW?

unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Ah, yes the “The Lost Picture Show”, what great little cinema that was, located right next to the Union Flea Market. I miss both of those places. I remember they played first-run films in the early ‘80s and such, and then it became an art-house theater in the late '80s till it closed. Off-hand, I remember seeing “My Left Foot”, “The Crossing Guard”, “Four Rooms” and “The Butcher Boy” here.

hondo on January 31, 2016 at 3:10 pm

The Lost Picture Show was located at 2495 Springfield Ave, Union. I was there July 25, 1977 and saw “Black Sunday.” Instead of a traditional ticket stub, they issue receipts which I have in my memorabilia.

hondo on January 31, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Based on the address (which is on the receipt), the building is gone.

Bill_J on December 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm

I was raised in the neighborhood, within a ten or fifteen minute walk to the Lost Picture show. I remember my mother forcing my older brother to tak me to matinees to see Don Knotts in The Shakiest Gun In The West, and Scared Stiff, and other kiddie films. We also saw Rocky there, in 1976(7)?.

The last movie that I saw there was Phantasm.

dallasmovietheaters on February 10, 2019 at 2:49 am

Opened April 10, 1974 with Midnight Cowboy and Where’s Poppa?. It closed March 31, 1999 with Affliction splitting with Central Station and would eventually move to Bloomfield’s Center Twin Theatre.

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