Teaneck Cinemas

503 Cedar Lane,
Teaneck, NJ 7666

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bolorkay on November 30, 2012 at 4:24 am

Very sad that a neighborhood cinema cannot maintain a local audience thus keeping itself out of the competitive race with such big “multi-plexes” as the Garden State 16 with their inflated prices.($32.00 for two tickets during primetime!!) Saddened to see the the Cedar Lane go the way of the Rialto in Ridgefield(?) (I’m hoping the Lafayette is still “healthy”!!) Bob

PeterApruzzese on November 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm

The theatre’s status should be changed to “Closed” as it’s last day of operation was 11/25/2012.

PeterApruzzese on February 23, 2010 at 8:05 am

While we don’t have any regularly scheduled classics set up for Cedar Lane, we hope to do the occasional show. Ironically, one of the problems is the theatre’s success with its regular line-up of first-run, indie, and foreign films – the studios do not like us scheduling the classic film shows at a time when we have to cancel a showing of one of the regular films.

kerrlockhart on February 22, 2010 at 8:09 am

I want to second Bolorkay’s comments. I am sorry to see the Classics series end in Teaneck. I am just never going to get up to Suffern on a Saturday morning, given how much I need my beauty rest on the weekends.

I think the second series had a number of overly familiar titles, such as MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE that even a buff such as I have difficulty working up the enthusiasm to see yet again, even projected in front of an audience. But seeing MAD MAD WORLD and anticipating seeing the GODFATHER (to which I brought four Film Studies students!!!)…now that’s worth leaving home and paying extra for!

I would hope that Cedar Lane conduct a little local market research to see what would appeal to its local audience. Given the popularity of contemporary foreign and independent film, I would think some Classic foreign and independent titles would do well. Also, any film which is distinguished for its cinematography and which, therefore, is important to see projected from a print rather than a digital reproduction would be an enticement.

bolorkay on February 18, 2010 at 11:26 am

Hello Again, Peter,

Thank you for taking the time to provide a little perspective regarding last night at the Cedar Lane. I thought we might be on the “same page” re: such venues as the Cedar Lane.
I’ll always be indebted to folks such as yourself and Nelson Page (and,dare I say the Landmark Loew’s Jersey and the Film Forum)for “fighting the good fight” by providing the average movie-goer with the opportunity to find alternatives to the usual multi-plex fare. Not that I have anything against “Avatar” or “Sherlock Holmes” or “Saw 56” (Well, maybe I might object to that one!!!), but when you give me the choice between seeing the 32nd remake of “Conan the Barbarian” or a fine print of “To Kill A Mockingbird” or “The Thief of Bagdad” or “The Uninvited”… well, I guess you know what line I’ll be on.

And I still hope that there will be a place for classic films at the Cedar Lane.
Until that time arrives, the Lafayette will always have my patronage.

JeffS on February 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

I can verify what Pete says. Anything can go wrong with a 35mm projector or it’s support systems at any time. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. I’ve had it happen to me, and I’ve been a venues where it has happened during a show.

PeterApruzzese on February 18, 2010 at 4:56 am

Hi Bolorkay,

No offense taken – thanks for your support. Yes, there are checks taken as much as possible. The auditorium had a show the night before with no incident and I was told the afternoon run-through of the print of The Godfather yesterday was fine. So whatever the problem is (the technicians are coming out today to see what’s up) happened with no advance warning. If it’s an electrical fault with the lamp mechanism, there’s no way to predict that it would happen. An issue such as that tends to happen at the worst time. I could document all the problems over the years (exploding lamps, burned out amplifiers, blown speakers, et al) that I’ve either seen as an audience member, heard about, or been a part of at all types of theatres.

bolorkay on February 18, 2010 at 4:36 am

Hi Peter,
I hope you don’t misunderstand what I’m about to say, because I will always be in attendance at and a supporter of as many local, “neighborhood” movie theaters as I can find (within a reasonable traveling distance)but….. I was saddened to see Big Screen Classics at the Cedar Lane go out with such a whimper with last nights screening of “The Godfather”!
I just seems to me (please excuse my ignorance of such angst-inducing matters as successfully running a movie theater)that the problem that happened at Wed.’s screening should just not have happened. Aren’t there periodic projector checks?
Please understand where this is coming from because I value venues such as The Cedar Lane and The Lafayette but “incidents” like last night just make me believe that we are turning over our business to the huge multiplexes. (remeber what happened to the Rialto, in Ridgefield ? Makes me a bit nervous!)

Once again, I’m just a fan who hopes the local neighborhood cinemas can stay alive and vibrant.

PeterApruzzese on February 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

Hi bolorkay –

The Godfather showing will be the concluding classic show at Cedar Lane for now. We will still have a few special events there (silents, film festivals, etc.), but no regularly scheduled classics.

bolorkay on February 14, 2010 at 7:11 am

Looking forward to seeing “The Godfather” this Wed., (perhaps a bit early) any thoughts as to how next season is shaping up ?

atmos on September 28, 2009 at 9:24 am

A Teaneck Theatre was built for Cedar Garrison Corp by John Eberson around 1937.Thursday 14 September also occurred in 1939.

PeterApruzzese on September 11, 2009 at 7:46 am

Announcing the 2009-2010 season of Big Screen Classics at the Cedar Lane Cinemas; showtime is 8pm:

9/23 – Woody Allen’s Manhattan (Woody Allen, Mariel Hemingway)
10/21 – Father of the Bride (Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor)
11/25 – Miracle on 34th Street (Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood)
12/27 – Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (James Stewart, Donna Reed)
1/20 – An American in Paris (Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron)
2/17 – Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (Marlon Brando, Al Pacino)

bolorkay on May 10, 2009 at 3:36 am

Very glad to hear that BSC will return in September…. but I hope some consideration might be given to a new day and time. I certainly would have attended more shows had the presentations been scheduled for Friday or Saturday.


Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 1, 2009 at 8:33 am

I’d like to second what hotwaterbottle said. “Mad World” looked great up there on that big screen, especially from the second row. I know it was 35mm, but you could tell that it was designed for 70mm. It LOOKED like 70mm, even in a reduction print. The whole Big W sequence comes to mind – the way it was shot, the way the actors were arranged in the frame, camera placement, etc. I wonder how many days they had to close off that state park to the public to get that scene on film.

PeterApruzzese on May 1, 2009 at 7:17 am

Thanks, hotwaterbottle. We’ll be back in September for another round at Cedar Lane.

hotwaterbottle on April 30, 2009 at 9:25 am

Last night was the final event of the spring season, It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and it was a treat to see it again as it should be seen, in widescreen 35mm. Kudos to Nelson, Pete, and the whole theatre staff for a wonderful experience, and to Paul Scrabo for the rare props and pre-film talk. A great way to end the series! See you again next season!

kerrlockhart on April 3, 2009 at 6:07 am

Attended the screening of BEYOND THE ROCKS this week. Although the movie was a piece of cheese, the presentation was first rate, with a live warm-up music act, good projection and excellent live organ accompaniment. The crowd was pretty substantial for a rainy Wednesday night—and for a very little-known silent film.

The theater is old, a bit threadbare and the seats are not as lush as are found in a modern chain theater, but the place is clean and well-kept and the management clearly cares about the quality of the experience. If you like classic films and you live in or near Bergen County, you should check out this series.

PeterApruzzese on February 27, 2009 at 9:26 am

Schedule for the Spring “Big Screen Classics at the Cedar Lane Cinemas”:
4/1 – BEYOND THE ROCKS (silent film with LIVE organ accompaniment)
4/15 – JEZEBEL

The website at www.bigscreenclassics.com will be updated with this information over the weekend.

PeterApruzzese on February 26, 2009 at 6:34 am


We expect to announce the complete lineup by tomorrow. Just waiting for one final title confirmation to arrive.

bolorkay on February 26, 2009 at 5:10 am

When will the complete “Big Screen Classic” schedule be posted since, I believe the program is scheduled to start in a little over two weeks?

Thank You

skyvue on February 13, 2009 at 9:08 am

“Not as nice as the Lafayette” is an understatement, which makes it a crying shame that the Big Screen Classics series, which was such a perfect fit for the Lafayette, will be moved in March 2009 from that gorgeous single-screen theatre to a chopped-up multiplex like the Cedar Lane.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 12:53 am

This is a very nice, classic theater. As their projection technician, they get the same treatment that is given to Lowes, National Amusement, Regal, UA and anyone else. They get the same treatment as all the mega-chains. If there was a problem, you should have reported it because we would be out to fix it. Yes, they get the same service as the big guns. I like this theater.

movieguy on November 8, 2008 at 9:46 pm

I have been to the Cedar Lane Cinema a number of times.I have NEVER experienced any problem close to what was described in the above post.

The film was crisp and clear and had no sound or projection problems.

It is not as nice as the Lafayette but a much better choice then a multiplex that charges $11.50 VS $4.75

Plus the town has a GREAT ice cream shoppe and bakery!

Not far from Ten

MarkNYLA on April 15, 2008 at 7:02 am

After hearing a great deal about this theatre, I finally drove over from Passaic County last night to see a movie. I had high hopes because they are running a great deal of art-house and independent fare on a sub-run basis of late, and also because the theatre is run by the same folks behind the wonderful Lafayette.

As has been mentioned, this is a former large single screen now cut up into four. Multiplexing a house like this is always regrettable, but in this case it seems to have been done with a modicum of taste. The downstairs center screen retains a good deal of the original theatre; at least you can get a sense from it what the place looked like before it was cut up. To me, this is always better than boxing off the original walls to create more screens. The place was immaculately clean as well. I bought a ticket for the 7:30 show in the large downstairs theatre, sat down in one of the original seats and was so far happy with the experience.

Then the movie started.

I can say, without exaggeration or hyperbole, that it’s been a long time since I’ve experienced a more inept projection of a movie. The daters, trailers and feature were all filthy and horribly scratched, the booming, bottom heavy sound brought new meaning to the words “wow” and “flutter”, the picture drifted in and out of focus several times accompanied by a horrible grinding noise in the soundtrack, as if the film were trying to weave its way out of the gate and soundhead. Again, I am saying this without any overstatement whatsoever. I walked out after about twenty minutes, went home, and put what seemed like a funny film (“In Bruges”) into my Netflix queue.

I have a feeling that had I confronted the young manager about all this, I would have gotten the old “What do you want for $4.50?” line. Well, I want decent projection. I want a clean, scratch-free print and intelligible sound. I don’t want to see any leader on the screen, and I don’t want to have to plug my ears every time a poorly made splice goes thru because of the thud.

I have been, am now, and will remain a supporter of classic cinemas. But at the end of the day, I go to see the movie, and I’d rather see them with some degree of technical proficiency. That’s the shame about this place; if they keep up with their current film selection policy I would have been a steady customer. Now, never again.

Nelson Page gets a lot of happyjoy on this site because of the Lafayette. He should pay attention to his other screens.

marklilien on July 9, 2007 at 5:16 am

The Cedar Lane has free unpublicized organ concerts on Friday nights in the upstairs theater.