WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                                December 31, 2003
                Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

                             AMERICAN BILTRITE INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

                         Commission File Number: 1-4773

                               Delaware 04-1701350
                   (State or other jurisdiction (IRS Employer
                      of incorporation) Identification No.)

                                 57 River Street
                    Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 02481-2097
                     (Address of principal executive office)
       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (781) 237-6655

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Item 5.  Other Events.

On December 31, 2003, American Biltrite Inc.'s majority-owned subsidiary
Congoleum Corporation ("Congoleum") issued a press release announcing that it
has obtained the asbestos claimant votes necessary for approval of its
pre-packaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization and that it has proceeded with
its bankruptcy filing in Trenton, New Jersey. Congoleum further announced in
that press release that it will now seek bankruptcy court confirmation of its
plan as promptly as possible.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                                     AMERICAN BILTRITE INC.

Date:  January 5, 2004                               By /s/ Howard N. Feist III
                                                        Howard N. Feist III
                                                        Chief Financial Officer