Remembering The Past: Old New Brunswick

by Diane Norek Harrison

NEW BRUNSWICK-The Europa Theater, Opera House, was at 196 Somerset St., RKO International; 41 Albany St. and RKO Rivoli Theatre; 416 George St. It was also known as the B.F. Keith Theatre. The Strand Theater was at 123 Albany St. It was originally a church in 1840.

Playing at the Art Cinema Sept. 1970 was “Strawberry Statement” and “Zabriskie Point.” Playing at The Strand June 10, 1962 was “The King and I” and “The Devil’s Disciple.” Playing at the RKO on Albany was “Question 7.”


John’s Inc., was a staple on Memorial Parkway for many years. It was the store where police, fire and EMS agencies went for their uniforms and gear. They later moved to Hamilton St. in Somerset and closed its doors in 2008.

What are your memories of the now gone Route 1 Flea Market?

I am looking for memories or past material from readers for any town in Middlesex or Union County. Have past material for my winter columns? Please send Christmas or wintertime past information ASAP.

You can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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