Tilton 9 Theatre

331 Tilton Road,
Northfield, NJ 08225

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rivest266 on August 25, 2013 at 5:30 am

I have uploaded an aerial of the theatre showing its expansions in 1988 and 1998.

Whoman Jim
Whoman Jim on May 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

BILL!!!!! It’s Jim Perry – I’m on Facebook, under the “nom de plummage” ya see here. Drop me a line there. GOOD TO SEE YA!


brooklynfilm on March 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

Hey, Bill Murray (me) moved to New York City five years ago and is on the other side of the camera now…I loved the Tilton, but, the time had come. 45 years was a good run for the original owners and many of them mine also…r.i.p.

Whoman Jim
Whoman Jim on December 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

Just wondering – does anybody know what happened to Bill Murray – NO – NOT the actor, but the manager of the Tilton?? I’m guessing that when the Franks took over the theatre, Bill decided to go bye-bye…..

John Fink
John Fink on September 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Currently closed – – however they’ll be getting an IMAX screen (not sure if its a retrofit with stadium seating or a new addition…)

CSWalczak on January 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Frank Theaters will be closing the Tilton 9 at the end of January, 2012 for major renovations and plans to reopen it in May:


brooklynfilm on December 31, 2011 at 9:48 am

Ahh…The Glory Days. No more. R.I.P.

John Fink
John Fink on January 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

It’s on Franks Theaters website now -I wonder what this will mean as this theater split product with the Towne 16 – leading to several indie films to play in the area across 25 screens.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

Does anybody know if Charlie Tannembaum still owns this theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Most theatre chains didn’t want to touch “STAR WARS” as mentioned above.It DID have legs.

faxxanadu on November 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm

In case anyone here isn’t aware, Tilton 9 has a Facebook page.
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TLSLOEWS on June 30, 2010 at 7:59 am

Cool youtube video,now thats old school showmanship,good luck.Wish I lived near there.

nerwall16 on June 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm


sold out ghostbusters event held at the tilton 9

nerwall16 on May 13, 2010 at 4:14 am


the tilton 9 pops up in the newest episode of Underbelly

kencmcintyre on March 23, 2009 at 10:47 am

You could be right. I thought it was in May, but it was thirty years ago. I do recall that I saw the film at the Tilton shortly after it opened there, within the first week.

Coate on March 23, 2009 at 10:40 am
*"I saw Star Wars at this theater in May 1977."*

It’s not possible for you to have seen “Star Wars” at the Tilton Twin in May ‘77 since the movie didn’t open there until July.

This sort of mis-recollection is common since it’s well known that the “official” release date of “Star Wars” was May 25, 1977. However, what many people overlook/don’t know/forget is that the movie was not given a broad, nationwide saturation release; the movie opened in May ‘77 in only a handful of markets and then had a slow, staggered distribution taking many weeks (or months in some cases) to reach certain markets.

kencmcintyre on March 19, 2009 at 11:02 am

Here is a February 2009 news story:

pcimin00 on January 18, 2008 at 12:13 pm

I remember a Burger Chef In Northfield,My aunt took me there In summer of 1972,the only reason This stands out In My Mind because she was also my God Mother and she died very suddenly on good friday 1973 at the very young age of 32,I remember the burger chef being on the main strip on tilton rd I cant remember how close It actually was to the Tilton Theatre…..

kencmcintyre on September 22, 2006 at 8:25 am

My brother worked at the Burger Chef in Absecon, which became a Burger King (and still is, I believe). I didn’t know there was a Burger Chef in Northfield as well.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 21, 2006 at 2:06 pm

The shopping center was there a short time before the Tilton was built. The department store was “MR. BIG”, before it became a “Jamesway”. The super market was called “Pantry Pride”. In front of the shopping center was a “Burger Chef”, was later called “Barney’s Reateaurant” I also remember an “Art Handler’s” appliance store.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 7, 2006 at 4:14 pm

I last worked at the Tilton in 1981. It was a Twin by that time. The Main store in the shopping center was “MR. BIG”, then it was changed to “JAMESWAY” The Tilton booth was still change over & carbon arcs with 6000' reels. Theatre #one had Century 35/70mm machines. The lamp houses were Ashcraft. Mort Hodge was the main projectionist and business agent of local 310 at that time. In 1977, Hodge was alone in the Tilton booth during the day. Three thugs came into the booth and tied him up and set the place on fire. One of the thugs substained burns. Mort managed to escape and the fire did minimal damage. The thugs were caught headed north on the Garden State Parway. I believe that the Tilton was getting ready to show “Star Wars”.

Nicetheaterman on August 29, 2006 at 12:55 pm

I can’t believe this theater is still standing, I haven’t been there in years, I always loved the building and the atmosphere. I wonder has it changed much? Could we maybe get some Interior pictures??

Mikeoaklandpark on April 27, 2006 at 9:58 pm

The Frank family have always been jerks even back in the 70’s.

loveNbeauty on April 27, 2006 at 8:11 pm

Tilton 9 is the bomb diggity!! This theater has personality, an eclectic and affordable snackbar, and the friendliest/most laidback/most attractive staff in town! The Towne 16 doesn’t even compare. Besides, I hear the Frank’s overwork and underpay their employees. Boo, hiss. Spend your money on a theater that deserves it! Tilton 9 all the way baby!!