As a resident of Newark, NJ, I’ve always walked by this theater and wondered, “HMMmmm, WHAT IS THIS?” Now it was time to do the unthinkable! Go where no man, that I know, has gone before… Taking a walk into Newark’s Dirty Little Secret: THE LITTLE THEATRE.
To my surprise this theater is still up and running. It is open everyday from 10am to 10pm and I was even informed that the best time to go was on the weekends. The weekends are especially crowded by “movie enthusiasts”… I decided that the weekend was when I needed to go.
Before I stepped into the LT to purchase my ticket, I paved the sidewalk a bit, nervous someone would see me walk in. Random men (I did not see one woman) walked out and in. The faces were all the same. Picture this: A bank robber before he makes the big bust, but this was a very different type of bust. The Little Theatre was known to have formerly showed art and foreign films until the mid 70’s, and was now operating as Newark’s premiere adult movie venue.
While the main screen is showing “straight” XXX, the majority of the clientele are men (seeking men). I had been informed prior, that the viewers who visit this theater have other “activities” in mind. That being said I made my way into this seedy theater on pins and needles. I paid my 10 dollar entrance fee and proceeded with caution. I felt as if I was being gazed at with lust; Was it possible I was considered fresh meat?!? It has been said that home video viewing is taking the place of the theater-going experience. However, for the “regulars” who frequent places like this, they are obviously no substitute for the real thing.
The film playing was titled, “DON’T TELL MY WIFE” and I trusted that no one would. So here it is, your inside look at the biggest secret in Newark. The venue consists of one theater and two lounges. The second floor lounge has “alternative lifestyle” movies showing. Each theater shows three different movies a day. You can trust the fact that the adult films that are playing is not the draw for the men who frequent this establishment. The walls whispered soft moans, grunts, screams of pleasure and the whistles seek invitation. The sticky floors and worn seats welcomed me and made sure that my feet stay planted to the ground. I watched the film, as most of the men who were present watched as well; waiting anxiously for the other to make the first move. While I can’t say that I participated in any of the activities beyond viewing the film, I will say I witnessed loads of LIVE action!
The Little Theatre is one of the few ~Adult Movie Theaters~ still left in New Jersey. Others that survived into the 90s’ have closed in the last few years or are on the verge of closing. So enter at your own risk and enjoy!
*Located at the lower end of Broad Street, near the Newark Public Library.
562 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102