Remembering The Past: Perth Amboy Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-The following is from Thomas Saboy after my Aug. 26, 2011 columns: “I remember the ‘Boston’, my favorite was the banana royal. However, Mr. Bertekap may have confused it with the ‘Candy Kitchen’ located in the area of Smith and Maple streets. I remember the Crystal, west of the Roky and Coney Island, east of the Roky.

“I got my first baseball glove at Leiber Bros.’, a small store across from the Roky. Yes, there was a Sears (Sears and Roebuck’s that is) on Hobart St.

“My favorite Smith St. store was Fishkin’s, which was on Madison Ave. They sold model airplanes and sporting goods.

“There were four 5 & 10’s, Woolworth’s, Kresge’s, McCrory’s and Grant’s. There were five movie theatres, the two mentioned and the Majestic and The Strand. All were operated by Walter Reede (sp?) corporation except the Roky. All showed double features except for long films or special events. The Roky was the smallest and showed cowboy pictures, Gene Autrey, Roy Rogers and Johnny Mack Brown.

“War movies, horror films, Frankenstein, Dracula, Woldman and the Bowery Boys, comedies, plus a chapter picture. There were cartoons, newsreel, preview of coming attractions and a comedy all for 17 cents.

“Of course back then a bottle of soda, Coke or Pepsi, was a nickel and there was such a thing as penny candy. I spent many Saturdays at the Roky.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, 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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