Baronet Theatre - 24x36 Plexiglass

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Baronet Theatre - 24x36 Plexiglass

800.00 1,000.00

Baronet Theatre 2005
Asbury Park, NJ


Original. 36"x24" museum quality 1/8" Gallery Plexi with Sintra back, aluminum brace, mounting bracket, & Certificate of Authenticity.

 

Originally opened in 1913 as the Ocean Theatre, the 546-seat cinema would not secure its namesake until 1956 when local theater magnate Walter Reade, Jr purchased the building.  Reade, Jr, owner of six other theaters in Asbury Park, remodeled the vaudeville Ocean in the Art Deco style and renamed it The Baronet Theatre. The distinctive marquee was salvaged from a previous venue he had owned in New York City. 

Throughout the 1960’s The Baronet presented mostly foreign films, which were financed and distributed by the Walter Reade Organization. The next decade would see a focus on Disney and family oriented films but by the 1980’s The Baronet would be playing XXX films.

Walter Burns and Maurice Roberson purchased the theatre in 1986 with hopes of restoring it. The Baronet would open and close periodically over the next 19 years until 2005 when new owners successfully renovated and reinvented the building as a “$2 movie house” using it’s vintage 1933 carbon arc projectors for screenings.

The Baronet was sold again in 2007. In May of that year, cult favorite actor and Back To The Future star Crispin Glover would screen his directorial debut “What Is It?” at the Baronet. However, the theater would close later that summer and in 2010, after the roof caved during the previous winter, the near 100-year-old Baronet Theatre was demolished.

 

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