Bon Ton Theatre/Dover, NJ

The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey)

May 16, 2010 Sunday

Dover’s first theater GLIMPSE OF HISTORY

1906, John Howell and Ed McDavit purchased a building at 11 W. Blackwell St. and the Bon-Ton, Dover’s first movie theater, opened. It was named for a dress shop in the Oranges that Howell’s sister-in-law fondly remembered. The theater seated 75 to 100 people and admission was five cents. Movies ran about one hour long and were accompanied by a piano player, who helped dramatize the pictures. The Bon-Ton was sold in 1912 and it closed soon thereafter. Today, there is a dry cleaning business and a travel agency where the theater once stood. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DOVER AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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