South Jersey Memories
Gone, but not forgotten...
The Garden State Race Track
The Ice House
The Camden County Music
From Haddonfield, we usually went to the movies at the Westmont, back in the days when there was a new feature every Sunday and Wednesday and it only cost us a quarter (35 cents when we turned 12) for that Saturday double feature with cartoons and selected short subjects. AND we could actually get candy in small boxes (which made great kazoos.) It was there that we saw all those 1960s Tarzan and Hercules movies. The Westmont closed for awhile, but reopened a few years ago as the home of the Living Arts Repertory Company.
If nothing exciting was playing at the Westmont, we would hike up to the Century (now an empty Eckerds), at Kings Highway and the White Horse Pike in Audubon. And once in awhile our father would take us up to the Crescent. It was here that we saw The Wizard of Oz and West Side Story. This, too, became an "art theater" (OK, that means porno palace), but closed and became a tire store.
Occasionally we went to the Stanley or the Savar in Camden. I think they are both parking lots now. I remember going to an RCA family perfomance at the Stanley in the early '60s. Frank Fontaine (Crazy Guggenheim to those who remember) was the headliner. There was also a tapdancing act on the bill - The Magid Triplets.
For elegant movie viewing, we would sometimes visit that wonderful movie palace, the Collingswood Theater, which was my son's favorite baseball card shop not too long ago. Standing out in my memory of the Collingswood are its red velvet curtains. Against this regal backdrop, the one film I remember seeing there was William Castle's "Homicidal."
Very rarely we would get up to the Mount Ephraim Theater at Kings Highway and the Black Horse Pike. Of all the theaters we visited as kids, this is the only one, now known as the Harwan, was still showing films regularly until only recently. Its claim to fame was as the home of The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday at midnight. I hope it reopens!
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