The Mosque Theatre was built in 1925 by the Shriners and originally called Salaam Temple. It was renamed Newark Symphony Hall in 1964. WATV, NJ's first television station had it's first broadcast in the theatre on May 15, 1948.
From Doris Salmond:
In, I believe late 1946, several of my friends and I had received tickets from Kresge Dept. store to a “Calling All Girls” show at the Mosque theater in Newark. There was a grand door prize and I won it. I was invited up on the stage and met, if I recall correctly, Nelson Block who then asked my name and school (Kearny High School). He then introduced me to Mel Torme and Alan Dale. Mel Torme asked me to sit on the piano bench by him as he sang the song then known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”. To say the least, this memory is one I will never forget.
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