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Life and Death of a Movie Theater by I. Joseph Hyatt (2015-05-14)

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  • By Guest on June 21, 2015

    ​With almost 300 pages packed with cinematic treasures at every page-turn, this book enthusiastically chronicles the adventurous beginnings and eventual tragic demise of a beloved movie theater in a central New Jersey town. However, as mentioned in an earlier review, the story can easily apply to every well-loved and/or remembered local movie house in “Anytown USA”. So no matter which town you call home, if a movie house ever graced any of its streets, this is your hometown theater’s story too. But it’s not just the story of a building ~ it’s also about decades of films that not only graced the State Theater’s screens, but on screens in theaters everywhere across the US. The author’s passion and knowledge of the subject matter is evident in every carefully researched detail. Even well-educated local history & movie buffs will be delighted to learn a new thing or two here. Includes fun bonus material that chronicles other well loved and remembered local theaters. This is not merely a “book”; it’s a fresh, hot buttered popcorn-scented labor of love. So buy your ticket, grab your favorite treat at the concession stand, and settle in for a truly enjoyable literary feature filled with intrigue, adventure, and cherished memories.

  • By FloridaSun on May 20, 2015

    This is a great book packed with photos and illustrations. Several I've never seen before as a local historian of movie houses surrounding Woodbridge Township, NJ. Around 280 pages detailing every minutia of the early days of film theaters, histories and local celebrities up until the 1970's. It's a easy, entertaining and quite interesting read. Money well spent looking forward to reading and rereading it again.

  • By Susan H. on August 15, 2017

    This is a wonderful book on the history of the State Theater in New Jersey, but it is also an insightful commentary on the history of theaters in general. Incredibly well researched!

  • By Yardleydoc on December 5, 2017

    Having grown up in Woodbridge, i loved seeing the pictures and reading about movie theaters that were around 50+ years ago.

  • By Genevieve Gertrude on May 18, 2016

    This was a visit back to my home town and the history of the movie theater where I saw my very first movies and had my very first date. Very interesting information.

  • By LisaCamdenNY on June 19, 2016

    I got this for Hubby's birthday since he lived in Woodbridge. He loved it!!!

  • By Eric Schultz on November 27, 2015

    This book is both a well-researched history and an affectionate portrait of The State Theater, which operated in the town of Woodbridge, NJ, from 1927 to 1969. The author gives us a good look at how millions of people got their entertainment before television and the era of a multiplex theaters. The book tells the story of this and of other small movie theaters which operated in the same area during that time. We see how the theater got started, offerring live entertainment and movies, and it takes us through the years of the transition to sound film, the Great Depression and the time of WWII. This theater was a part of the community, renting out space for offices and small businesses, and participated in local events, such as scrap metal drives for the war effort. We see how the State Theater had to deal with the coming of television and also the development of drive-ins and the big multiplex theatres, which ultimately drove most small neighborhood theaters like the State out of business. The old type of small movie houses, made in the middle of business districts in the 1920s, with limited parking, had a tough time in competing with the new multiplexes, which were built with large parking lots. Also, the multiplexes gave audiences a number of different movies to choose from, bringing in more and more people, while the small neighborhood houses could only afford to show one or two movies in the same week.I.J. Hyatt gives us a narrative which takes us through these decades from the Roaring '20s to the end of the '60s. We see the many changes of the theater's management and programming style, and the author takes us into the projection booth and other aspects of the business. We get to "meet" individuals who worked at the theater, and we see the lists of movies and live shows, plus the many ways that these were advertized locally. The author also gives us some of his own memories of the place, and so the book is more personal than simply a work of research. I enjoyed reading the book, and found it quite interesting.

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