Teaneck Cinemas

503 Cedar Lane,
Teaneck, NJ 7666

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MarkNYLA
MarkNYLA on April 15, 2008 at 9:02 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
marklilien on July 9, 2007 at 7:16 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 27, 2007 at 7:22 am

Here is a photo of the Cedar Lane Cinemas at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 21, 2007 at 3:35 pm

This is a 2007 photo of the Cedar Lane Cinemas.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2006 at 10:09 am

Here is a modern photo of the Teaneck theater.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 6:04 am

Listed as the Teaneck Theater and part of Skouras Theatres Corp. in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee
teecee on September 13, 2005 at 10:51 am

Another old photo from the old Galaxy website:
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teecee
teecee on September 7, 2005 at 11:27 am

This photo shows the opening night marquee. If my eyes serve me correctly it states: GRAND OPENING TH NIGHT SEPT 14

(this corresponds to 1944 from an online perpetual calendar)

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 25, 2005 at 10:23 am

This theater has a great mural-sized poster of Burt Lancaster’s “The Kentuckian” (a favorite guilty pleasure of mine with a beautiful Herrmann score) hanging over the staircase to the 2nd floor.

teecee
teecee on July 25, 2005 at 9:48 am

Was showing X rated movies in 1971 as a UA theater (courtesy of RobertR):
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teecee
teecee on June 27, 2005 at 10:35 am

article about the new (in 1996) owner. This owner was probably the one prior to Galaxy.

The Record (Bergen County, NJ), July 3, 1996 pB1
A CINEMATIC REVIVAL; HOLLYWOOD AND CEDAR LANE; SECOND-RUN MOVIE HOUSE GETS FACE LIFT. (BUSINESS) L. Coleman-Lochner.
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1996 Bergen Record Corp.

By L. COLEMAN-LOCHNER, Staff Writer

It’s a premiere, so to speak, in Teaneck’s Cedar Lane shopping district: a refurbished second-run theater that will also screen art and foreign films.

The script began three weeks ago when Frank Manis, a Florida-based businessman, bought the cinema from the Edison-based Movie City chain.

Manis and his wife, Lynn, also own the second-run Cinema 35 in Paramus through their Hudson Amusements organization.

And Manis hopes to expand his cinematic empire further.

He is also eyeing the Rialto Theater in Ridgefield Park.

“The concept there is to try to control the whole market,” he said. Varying the offerings from theater to theater is also on the agenda.

“I think it has a tremendous amount of potential,” he said of the Rialto’s single screen.

In the meantime, there is the business of revamping the Teaneck theater, now named the Teaneck 3.

Scheduled over the next several months, the changes are already under way. Walls have been painted. The second snack bar has been reopened. Neon is being installed to brighten the lobby. Floors have been scraped and repainted. The stage around the screen has been repainted from black to red.

“We’re proud of it now – we’ve come a long way in only three weeks,” said Ed Jupin, the manager.

The renovation will cost between $50,000 and $75,000 and will include new screens, carpet, a marquee, and the replacement or refurbishment of the seats.

That will come at a cost to ticket holders: On Thursday, prices at both the Teaneck Theater and the single-screen Cinema 35 will increase from $2.50 to $3.

The new prices should be in effect for two years, Manis said.

With occupancy allowed for 1,100, he is investigating adding a fourth screen with about 125 seats upstairs, he said. The downstairs theaters seat 180, 265, and 390.

But ultimately, “it all depends on the product,” Manis said.

According to plans, that product will expand to include art and foreign films, Manis said.

“Once the kids go back to school in September, then we will start to be creative,” he said. Meanwhile, he added, the theater will build up its clientele.

At the single-screen Cinema 35, there is “a very regular customer following,” said Margot Moll, general manager for both theaters. And of those interested in art and foreign films, she said: “I always had a very, very loyal following.”

Manis of Boca Raton, Fla., owns nightclubs and has owned other first- and second-run theaters, including Gutenberg’s Galaxy, which he sold three years ago.

He didn’t like the first-run business, he said, and sold those theaters. Second-run “gives you an opportunity to pick the winners in first-run.”

Suppliers like it because if a movie isn’t a blockbuster and gets bumped from first-run houses, “the supplier of the film still wants to have it out there showing,” he said.

“I think there’s a tremendous market for it.”

When Manis bought the Teaneck theater, updating was in order.

“It was in major disrepair, and we felt that we needed to clean it up,” Jupin said. “I feel that the face lift should improve business.”

The district could use the help – plagued by numerous vacancies, it has tried to rally by creating a Special Improvement District.

Although the renovation is a work in progress, there have been “a lot of compliments,” Jupin said.

“A lot of the other merchants here feel that the new ownership is the talk of the town and could help their business.”

Others seem to agree.

“I’m happy that it’s being refurbished,” said David Alan, whose Cedar Lane salon is one of three in his eponymous chain. “I think it’s good for all.”

Although Alan was unambiguous in welcoming the refurbishing, he said it could exacerbate an existing problem: “There’s no place to park.”

Still, he said, it was a “very dirty theater” that probably lost customers as a result.

“A theater is good because it brings people to the area.”

Article CJ70809167

teecee
teecee on May 19, 2005 at 10:22 am

According to an article in The Record of October 26, 1996, the theater began a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on that date. The theatre was referenced as the Teaneck 3 Theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 17, 2005 at 8:10 am

According to an article in The Record of May 13th, 2005, this theatre is now known as Cedar Lane Cinemas, not Cedar Cinemas. A color photograph confirms that, with Cedar Lane Cinemas displayed on the wall above the entrance. The marquee, however, still has the original name of Teaneck. The article states: “Cedar Lane classifies itself as an intermediate-run theater— films arrive not quite as late as at Columbia Park [North Bergen], but there is a slight lag, and that translates to a lower price. The theater shows a combination of small independent films and high-profile movies. All shows are $4. The decor is old-fashioned; the classic movie posters adorning the walls add to the traditional ambience. The theater, once outdated, was acquired by the Galaxy Theatre Corp. in 2000. It prides itself on cleanliness.” Programming information can be found at www.bigscreenclassics.com/cedarlane.htm

kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 9, 2005 at 2:45 pm

My mom boasts that she stood just feet away from Grace Kelly at this theater.

asohn
asohn on July 22, 2004 at 11:21 am

The theatre was split into 3 screens on the lower level. A fourth screen was recently added in what seems to have been some sort of storage room, located on the second floor above the ground level retail stores. The new theatre is just a long rectangle, with a completely flat floor and a ceiling that seems to be around 15 feet high. Unlike most split single screens, this theatre has no balcony theatres (assuming it originally had a balcony)

umbaba
umbaba on June 21, 2004 at 8:17 am

Yet the mutilation and demise of another single screen classic theater. Never been there, I bet it was something back in the day. There are many theaters from North jersey, some still around…Hawthorne theater, Claridge Theater in Montclair, Allwood theater in Clifton, Hyway theater in fair lawn, Wayne Preakness in Wayne, Warner in Ridgewood etc. All former single screens, great theaters…back then. Now catered to the masses, showing crappy films. Some arew architectually a mess. the Claridge…it was a grand palace , now it’s dank, drab, uncomfortable and run by morons. I had to get out of my seat on many occasions to tell them to start the flick and close the doors. The teenagers were too busy talking. God, I miss the 70’s.

JimRankin
JimRankin on June 21, 2004 at 6:34 am

The previous link photo shows the facade’s vertical fluting to virtually identical to that on the SHERMAN theatre of 1935 in Milwaukee. Wonder if the TEANECK/CEDAR also had neon tubing between the flutes?

bamtino
bamtino on June 20, 2004 at 7:41 pm

I recall having seen the Menahem Golan-helmed Sylvester Stallone flop “Over the Top” at this theatre in 1987. I am sorry to say I have absolutely no recollection of the visit, other than the fact that, after the show, my teenaged buddies and I journeyed up to Fiebel’s Bowling Alley on Palisade Ave. (which, unlike the theatre, did not live to see the new century) to play some arcade games.

bamtino
bamtino on June 20, 2004 at 7:33 pm

The theatre’s official website shows an image of the theatre in 1960, featuring “Strangers When We Met” on the marquee.

An older photo can be found at
http://www.geocities.com/t_munday/page15.html
The theatre can clearly be seen in the lower image at the site, with “Grand Opening [illegible] Sept 24” on the marquee. Note the adjoining retail space is also awaiting its ‘grand opening.’

William
William on December 9, 2003 at 12:05 pm

When the Teaneck Theatre was a single screen theatre it seated 1034 people.