Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre

99 Monmouth Street,
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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rivest266 on October 29, 2020 at 4:32 pm

November 11th, 1926 grand opening ad posted.

markp on February 8, 2020 at 7:34 am

Cinecommcentre there is still all the 35mm stuff there. I haven’t looked in that cabinet in 5 years which is the last time we ran 35mm. Im not sure about books. As I said I haven’t been into the cabinet in years. No need to now that the use the Digital projector exclusively.

markp on February 7, 2020 at 7:27 pm

The entire complex is called Count Basie Center for the Arts. The original main auditorium is referred to as Hackensack Medical Center Theatre. More people know it as Count Basie theater than HMCT.

HowardBHaas on February 7, 2020 at 4:59 pm

Who are you? The theater name police? This is getting tiresome

HowardBHaas on February 7, 2020 at 3:07 pm

The website says Count Basie Center for the Arts.

Khnemu on January 22, 2020 at 6:17 pm

It was renamed in 2018, but seems like it’s the name of the main auditorium, but the new name is also on the marquee as well now, in smaller lettering.


HowardBHaas on January 22, 2020 at 1:02 pm

The website does not refer to a health provider. I checked photos via google of the marquee, and I don’t see the health provider name there either. Count Basie, that I see.

HowardBHaas on January 20, 2020 at 6:11 am

9 films for Awards season! From Jan 21 thru Feb 6. One time screenings of each at 7 PM, check website. Toy Story 4, Honeyland, American Factory, Judy, Marriage Story, Parasite,The Lighthouse, The Two Popes, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

markp on January 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

I was told a little more than 775 people for last nights second night showing.

HowardBHaas on January 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

The movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” sold out every seat last night here! 2nd screening tonight, with many seats already sold out. The theater has 7.1 surround sound so should be a marvelous experience.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Never mind, I found the information in the article posted above, to wit:

Let’s not forget that the original motion-picture house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was dubbed the State Theater during its construction — that name is still visible in stone above the marquee — but opened in 1926 as the Carlton Theatre, and was rebranded yet again as the Monmouth Arts Center, the name given upon reopening after a three-year shutdown in the 1970s.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm

The name State appears on the front of the building, near the top. Was this house ever called the State?

DavidZornig on November 2, 2018 at 10:09 am

Unveiling of the marquee in this video. Comments were disabled…


moviebuff82 on November 1, 2018 at 11:56 am

Nice name for a theater. Glad that this theater has been around while others like the Fox and Oritani, are gone.

HowardBHaas on November 1, 2018 at 9:08 am

article about name change https://www.redbankgreen.com/2018/10/red-bank-basie-marquee/

DavidZornig on October 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm

1956 photo as Reade’s Carlton added, credit New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

walterk on September 21, 2017 at 11:14 am

Here’s an article from today’s Asbury Park Press about yesterday’s ground breaking ceremony for a $23 million expansion of the Basie, which will include second performance space located in a new Arts and Education Building adjacent to the theatre. This pretty much doubles the size of the performing arts center. A nice addition to the Basie, which celebrates its 91st anniversary as a theatre in 7 weeks. The article includes a short video and slide show of the ceremony and plans.

markp on January 1, 2016 at 4:06 am

I highly doubt it HowardBHaas. As the house projectionist I can almost guarentee they with be digital or blu ray. Too much money to ship the film and pay me to inspect them. With the other format all I do is start them. I dont even load them. Yup, welcome to the world of digital.

HowardBHaas on December 31, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Are the Star Trek movies in Feb 35mm?

pnelson on August 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Handsome ceiling and lighting. Wall details nice too. All first class.

markp on August 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

No problem walterk. And thank you for all your doing with the Ritz. Hope to see you soon.

walterk on August 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I was a guest of Basie projectionist Mark Pusillo (aka markp) for a double bill while in the area last month. I’ve just uploaded a couple of the photos I took that afternoon. Wonderful well kept venue I’d been waiting years for a chance to visit. Thanks again, Mark.

markp on January 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

The 35mm print of “Interstellar” looked and sounded FANTASTIC tonight. And of course all my changeovers were flawless. I havent lost a step in 35 years.

walterk on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

I found mention of the opening of the Carlton in the November 27, 1926 issue of the Motion Picture News giving the date as November 11, 1926. This was the 30th theatre in the Walter Reade chain, all but one or two of them in New Jersey. According to the mention, Keith-Albee vaudeville, feature films and short subjects formed the house policy for presentations. I hope the Basie has a film presentation the next time I’m visiting relatives in the area, this looks like a great venue to experience. Hopefully it will be a night they fire up the 35mm projectors.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

Looking forward to “2001” tonight at the Count Basie Theatre. It’ll be my first time there. Hope the screen is as big as it looks from the photos of the stage curtains.