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General Cinemas loved THX (which is sort of a scam, a theatre can techincally be up to THX standards but the owner may not pay for certification, in which it cannot claim THX). This one has two, so does the new (as well as the old) GC/AMC at Essex Green in West Orange.
The only reason this theatre does well is because its in a mall, I remember going here a few years ago and it was the worst Loews I’ve ever been to. I was in the 5 screen part of the building, seeing Pirates of the Caribian (opening weekened, so I have to assume I was in one of the largest screens in the house). The sidelines were okay, they had high raked style seating (sort of like a primative form of Stadium Seating, but uncomfortable cup-holder-less seats.
The walls were made of some sort of blasted rock- I can imagine this is a retro delight for many but it was a shocker for me, even Loews has standards, this one was dirty, small, cramped. Maybe its been remodled? I don’t know. Music Makers sure knew how to build them- small and ugly. It had style, I will say that- it was the ugliest movie theatre I had ever been to.
Lord knows I’m not a Cinema Treasure puriest who belives only classic pallaces ought to be added to the list but Loews Stroud Mall is both a Treasure and a curse- would I be interested in taking an online tour of the theatre at cinematour.com, sure, would I be interested seeing a movie there first run, probably not. An experience, I will say that. (And the smallest bathrooms this side of the tragic set up at Island 16).
Was this in the Troy Hills shopping center, where Amazing Savings is now, which eventually became a General Cinema?
I think this house was where the food court currently stands and closed around the time Loews Wayne opened.
I think there were 3 cinemas in this area in New Brunswick at one time or another: Loews Route 18, Cinema City (down past Brunswick Square) and the GC/Cinema City Movies @ Brunswick Square/Mega Movies.
Yeah, and the fact these are alternative films that rarely are shown except at Avent Gaurd film festivals is diffinatly a plus, although these are new digital artists instead of Brackhage classics or that sort, but who knows, they just opened (they’ll be showing a new short every week). It’s nice to see this type of filmmaking at a commerical cinema verses at a film festival or college setting. Vanco is on to something here, the Angelika ought to take notice.
The spirit of the center is to show independent films, its bold of them to showcase short alternative works before the feature (Real Art Ways in Hartford also does this as well). IFC Center is alright, the seats you have to say are the most exciting thing ab out the place.
I was there on Friday night to see Me and You and Everyone We Know, in theatre 1, the main screen, which was projected in HD (the only theatre in the country to be showing the feature this way verses 35MM). The loby has kinda of a cheesy modified theme to it, diffinatly unexciting, a small snack bar in the corner. The bathrooms are downstairs, the design there is very cool, like going to a trendy urban cafe or club.
I didn’t venture downstairs or to the cafe. The projectionists deminstration outside caused the line for the mainhouse to be kept inside (funny thing is that neighborhood is noisy enough without the protest). The mainhouse is pretty nice, and a bonus for most fans of this site: it has a curtain!
Weirdly though this house isn’t even remotly affliated with Clearview Cinemas in the least (I was thinking for a time it would have been Clearview Cinemas IFC Center), they had Coke instead of Clearview’s cola brand, Pepsi. Bold of Cablevision to now be opperating two unaffliated cinemas within the same company. Maybe this means IFC Center will have a shot at expanding in to other markets. Let’s hope, this place is important (despite being in a loud bar-filled neighborhood).
Isn’t this one still open, I’ve never been but I typed in Rocky Hill and saw a listing for a nearby Montgomery Cinemas. Is this the same one (that township was listed as Bella Mead). But it appears to be alive and well with 6 art features playing.
General Cinemas. This one was a GC. I think when the lease expired it was aquired by Cinemagic, who opperated discount houses in the area. It closed sometime I think before or around 2000. I’m not from the area so I don’t know when GC stopped operating it, but it was diffinatly before the days of the AMC take over.
The theatre grew from 10 screens to 24 with the expansion of Downtown Disney to include the West Side district (probably explaining why this movie theatre is still known as the Pleasure Island 24 even though it doesn’t call the Pleasure Island district its home anymore. A few of the orginal screens are still there (I belive they have 18 theatres with stadium seating). The entire left wing (except for a retrofitted-with-stadium screen) is nearly intact from the days of the AMC 10-plex, as is the orginal loby (nearest to Planet Hollywood). The other loby (across from Virgin Megastore) is new and includes the gigantic screens 1 and 2, both with balconies.
The Bridge concept though (which has a bar and small cafe, director’s halls, and lots of classy atompshere) seems dead. I gather those ones must be really expensive to build. That concept in the Cinema De Lux brand seems to be dead (I was hoping National Amusements would build one at Blue Back Sqaure when I heard that a 5-screen luxery cinema was slated to open there in West Hartford, CT).
I agree, I just came back from the Sunshine, its so weird to have these paper receipts, but I’ve seen other theatres do it (Cinema Village did, as well as Touchstar Southcase in Orlando, FL). I don’t like it, they’re harder to lose and at 10.75, what excuse do they have to be this cheap.
Granted, maybe trying a new technology is bold, but some how I see how Celluoid Freak is offeneded. Barcoding is one thing. A cheap supermarket-like receipt is in some ways unprofessional in the cinema industry. Besdies, I just like having a hard ticket in hand neatly organized. This aproach is wacky.
Maybe I’m just not ready for it. But I’m glad somebody else out there agrees with me.
No, but they have the services Vito mentioned above.
Vito, why has National Amusements quit opening The Bridge: Cinema De Lux locations, the one in PA is awsome.
Any chance they’d knock down the Amboy Multiplex for an Amboy Cinema De Lux?
The renovations mentioned above are different than those of the Mansfield 14/15 and the Washingtown Township which have a simular design and color scheme as the Clearview Cinemas website. The Allwood goes for classy gold trim. Granted this sure isn’t what it used to be, the hallways connecting the loby and the cinemas are much more pleasent to walk through than, say, at their Emerson Quad (which is essentally just painted gray).
They were. These old style mutlitplexes are very much like big box stores. A good exsample of one is the Showcase Cinemas East Hartford (also N/A), I’m shocked that theatre is still open.
You’re all right though, National Amusements does have the best sound, projection and snacks in the industry, which is why they also charge a little bit more. Still, N/A is always a first class choice for movie going.
It opened briefly for a week with only six screens (they were still working on the others). The referbished snack bar now features hot foods.
This one in general isn’t that great of a movie theatre, its not bad, its just the theatre is notrious for having small screens (the sound is good, however). There was talk of building a multiplex in Riverdale, down the road a few years ago, maybe that project will resurface as they are building up that part of 23.
The theatre currently is comprised of the Kinnelon 1-3 (which, may techincally be in Butler) and Kinnelon 4-11. The Kinnelon 1-3 was formerly the Meadtown Cinema, behind Butler Bowl this was a one screen location (formerly a Jerry Lewis cinema). CJM, a local chain aquired by Clearview ran this as well as the ‘Kin-Mall 8’ which was built in 1992.
The theatres took over what was once half the mall. The mall’s supermarket expanded, a back section was closed off (thats where the cinemas are) and a very small indoor convience center style mall exists now with a hair salon, ice cream eatery, pizzaeria and a variety store (that kinda of stuff).
Clearview went on a buying spree in 1997 or so, aquiring CJM (as well as Nelson-Firman and others). The Meadtown Cinema was closed for a while before this (I don’t think it ever operated as a Clearview). In 2000 Clearview Cinemas reopened the Meadtown deviding it in to three very small theatres (the one screener was formerly a Jerry Lewis cinema, meaning it was small already). The cinemas now operated as the Kinnalon 1-3. Up the hill at the Kinnalon 11 the cinemas were renumbered (#1 was now #4 and so forth).
The cinemas still do well, but this numbering system makes it hard to tell what building you’re actually in (I’ve had friends buy tickets at the 4-11, only to be told by a ticket taker that they had to go down the hill to the 1-3). The 1-3 were orginally supost to show art films, they played Gods and Monsters and Hidious Kinky there amongst others as their opening features. Now, that kind of content at the Kinnelon 11 is rare.
They closed Route 18 to open an 18 plex (on Route 1). Ironic. Now this is some sort of rug store I think. Also known as Sony Theatres Route 18. It had two screens before closing.
Was this a former Music Makers house?
Owned by Roberts theatres, the mall has been compleatly revamped, no evidence of the cinema is left (as Shoprite expaned the mall’s layout shifted). The final shows occured in, I wana say 1993-ish. I think the Kinnalon Mall 8’s opening could have been the final nail its coffin. The theater was a discount house before closing.
Weirdly I remember they got a new sign in front before they closed. Now it bares the Shop Rite logo.
Yep. General Cinema design with three large screens, the space is now occupied by Applebees.
Amazing it hung after Loews opened the Seacourt 10 literally across the street. I remember the design had bathrooms on the second floor. They also showed art films and Disney/Touchstone products to combat Loews/Sony.
This place was quite nice I remember (I was only there once)– a typical General Cinema. I miss them.
Some time in the mid to early 90’s this cinema opened as Movies at Brunwick Square Mall, with 5 screens, deviding the General Cinema house (which I think was a twin). The cinema then closed a few years later and was tottally retransformed in to Mega Movies (even though it looks like a National Amusements house and has a Nathan’s and a Ben & Jerry’s it’s not, although I wonder if somehow this one inspired Cinema De Lux?).
Yeah, it played in one of the smaller downstairs cinemas- the cupholders were replaced with a joystick like device with three color buttons on it that were lighted.
The film took a turn in its narative, asking you to select what happens next (it was projected off lazer disk with Sony Doublebright projectors), simular to that of interactive voting programs (like they have at LSC). There were two Interactive Films that showed in the mid 90’s: Ride for Your Life and Mr. Payback.
This cinema was also invovative in that they once housed a simulator (also built on Sony Technology if I’m not mistaken). This house used to be amazing, before Loews became Loews Cineplex…then it was all down hill (starting with that awful new popcorn they introduced about 4 years ago).