Warren Theatre

2015 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Paul J. Henon, Jr., William H. Hoffman

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

Styles: Atmospheric, Italian Renaissance, Spanish Moorish

Previous Names: Warner's Embassy Theatre, Warner Theatre

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Warren Theatre

Located on the Boardwalk near the Million Dollar Pier and built on the site of the Great Northern Opera House. The Warner’s Embassy Theatre had its inaugural opening on June 19, 1929 with Warner Bros. ‘All Color, All Talking, All Dancing’ “On With the Show” plus a stage show. A gala opening happened on 22nd June 1929. Designed by Philadelphia architectural firm Hoffman-Henon Co. in a Spanish Moorish-Atmospheric style in the auditorium and a Venetian style in the oppulant lobby. Seating was provided for 4,189, with 2,628 in the orchestra, 1,251 in the balcony and 310 loge seats. The proscenium was 65ft wide. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 4 manual, 29 ranks organ which was opened by organist Stuart Barrie.

In the 1950’s it was renamed Warren Theatre and later became a live venue, attracting artistes such as Katherine Cornell, Brian Aherne, Diana Barrymore, Walter Slezak, Sam Levine, Jane Meadows & Julie Harris. On July 29, 1960, “Windjammer” was presented in CineMiracle 3-strip projection. It was still named Warren Theatre when it closed by 1966 and was converted into a bowling alley.

By 1978 the lobby was in use as a pizza parlor. In the late-1970’s the auditorium and main lobby were demolished to make way for a casino. The façade, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places was preserved and served as the Boardwalk entrance to Bally’s Casino. In January 2021 news is that Caesars Atlantic City is getting a new theatre and a resident show in the first quarter of 2023. The project will incorporate the façade of the former Warner Theatre from 1929, which is part of the casino’s exterior facing Boardwalk.

Contributed by William Gabel, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 72 comments)

Cinerama on February 23, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Strange that I see articles in July 1960 that also mention its going to be razed in the fall 1960.

samiam on June 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

I have two original seats from the Atlantic City Warner Theatre. There are two figures in Moorish-style clothing depicted in the cast iron seat sides. Based on what I’ve seen in old photos, those seats were originally painted with different colors for contrasting details, but at some point they were repainted a uniform brown (no doubt to save money.) I’m considering repainting, but only if I can identify the original color scheme (all photos I’ve found of the AC Warner seats are b&w.) Does anyone know what the original colors were for my seats? Thanks.

rivest266 on March 8, 2023 at 7:14 pm

Reopened as Warren By Hamad theatres on June 18th, 1958 and closed later that season. It reopened on July 29th, 1960 with “Windjammer” in the cinemiracle process. Ads posted.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 13, 2023 at 6:12 pm

This theater was called the Warner when it closed not the Warren. The name should be changed.

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Luis Vazquez on April 8, 2023 at 5:21 pm

It is reported that this Warner Theater site will be the new home for Spiegleworld, a live action circus performance troupe that has been in Atlantic City for several years.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 8, 2023 at 9:02 pm

Like everything else the bowling alley closed and was demolished for a casino parking lot. They kept the marquee and entrance.

Cinerama on April 12, 2023 at 10:53 pm

Just updated the Warner aka Warren theatre with ads, articles and pictures on the incinerama.com web site - https://incinerama.com/warnerac.htm . The name of the theatre was Warren from 6/18/58 until it was demolished (check the ads and articles on the web site). Please don’t copy anything to this web site.

m00se1111 on May 9, 2023 at 4:01 pm

The 5/9 PhillyVoice confirms the Warner facade will be part of “The Hook” , which will entertain visitors each week with an international cast of adult-comedy hosts, acrobats and variety artists from around the world, as well as a new restaurant and cocktail bars.

Further info (including a link to this very page) can be found here https://www.phillyvoice.com/atlantic-city-spiegelworld-hook-entertainment-dining-residency-caesars-boardwalk/

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