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Newton, NJ: Newton Theatre Closes

Posted on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 and updated on Monday, December 6th, 2010 2:49 PM

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The historic Newton Theatre in Newton, New Jersey closed at the end of September 2010, according to an article in the New Jersey Herald:

Pure economics, including consumers' desire for movie options and 3D capability and the cost of showing first-run films at their release date, led to the closure of the historic Newton Theater last week, its operator said.

Built in the 1920s, the two-screen theater consistently advertised movies on its classic marquee, at $7 per ticket, until big black letters announced "Theatre Closed" on Friday.

"It's a real shame," operator Nelson Page, of Teaneck. "People from the town have always supported the theater."

But a lack of popularity from outside the town's borders took its toll.

"After 14 years, I could see the handwriting on the wall," he said. "We have a very large theater to the north in Middletown (N.Y.) and one to the south at the (Rockaway) mall. That siphoned away the regional aspect of the theater."

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Moviegoers in Newton now will need to travel a little bit to watch a movie in a theater. The nearest theater is AmericanPlace Sparta Theatres in Sparta, followed by the Clearview's Succasunna Cinema 10 in Succasunna and AMC Rockaway 16 in Rockaway (about 14-15 miles away).

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