Star Theatre

Ferry Street,
South River, NJ 08882

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Architects: Alexander Merchant

Previous Names: Ritz Theatre

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Star Theatre

The Star Theatre was opened in 1913. It was still operating in 1927, but had been renamed Ritz Theatre in 1928. It had closed by 1929.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2014 at 2:39 am

This item appeared in the April 5, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“South River, N. J — Bids have been received for a one-story moving picture theater designed by Alexander Merchant, 363 George Street, New Brunswick, N. J., for George Allgair, South River. The building will measure 45 x 120 and cost $8,000.”
The Star Theatre in the vintage photo above has “Allgair Building” on its parapet. Despite the “one-story” in the item, and the two-story building in the photo, I suspect that this project was the Star Theatre. The theater itself was probably without a balcony.

The September 26, 1913, issue of the New Brunswick Daily Home News mentioned the New Star Theatre on Ferry Street. Issues of the paper from 1912 had mentioned the Star Theatre being on Main Street, so this house replaced an earlier theater of the same name.

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