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Was this the theater that was right next to the chocolate maker on rt 17 by the mall?
Damn I remember this theater. I loved this place. HUUUUGE screen! I remember seeing Twister there on opening day, and walking outside while Paramus was under a tornado watch! That was very surreal. Great used record store used to be right next to this theater as well. Off topic, but I think it was called Musicmaker or something like that. Great rare finds were found there.
Wow, and to think I spent the night there waiting in line to buy tickets for Star Wars Episode 1….
I really enjoy this theater. This is my choice theater. But I will ever only go during the week, on matinees. I hate the mall, and the traffic. Got to see quite a few films, on opening day, at 9:30Am with just about 30 people in the auditorium.
Growing up in West Milford, this theater was a joke. When the Abbey closed down, in WM, I would’ve rather driven the 40 mins to Rockaway, or Wayne to go to the movies instead of 15 mins to Kinnelon. The theater was always staffed with rude people, there was always a problem with the sound or picture, sometimes both. The last movie I remember seeing there was Sixth Sense. And forget if you had to go to the Meadtown theater. It had a cool nostalgic retro feel to it, but the sound and video were even worse, and you were in a theater that is smaller than some peoples living rooms.
Shame this theater is closed. I worked there in the mid 90s (Interview with a Vampire, Lion King, Santa Clause, Stargate were all there when I worked there). It was a nice theater, with friendly managers and a great staff. I had some really good times there.
Greg, thanks for the pictures! I used to work in both the inner and outer in the early 90’s. I remember the very long walk I had to take to get back to my car because employee parking was so far away from the entrance to the mall that was closest to the theater! I can’t remember the names of the managers, but I used to work concession. I remember talking to the manager, to quite some length, in the inner theater because on every break I would run to the Suncoast Video (or was it Saturday Matinee) to buy laserdiscs! He was always interested in what movie I was buying, and would have long conversations about surround sound and film. He was a nice guy. I don’t have many memories of working in the outer theater, except for having to go over there from time to time to help out.
Sad. I used to work there in the early 90’s (City Slickers, Dracula, Hook..), my bus driver was the manager at the time and got me the job. Then after it reopened as Galaxy, a friend of mine was a manager there, and again when it was Clearview. We had some absolutely great times there. SHREK
!! I have some very fond memories of that theater, and am sad that it closed. It’s a shame. If I had the money, I would love to re-open it, with some AV improvements, as a dollar theater with special screenings (Rocky Horror, diff classic films) etc. But, alas, no money. I hope somebody does something with it. West Milford needs the theater to return, it always did decent. I even remember standing in lines that stretched all the way up to the Shoprite for some films (Ghostbusters II especially). I even remember when the arcade was next door (Play a Lot). Fond, fond memories.