Madison Cinema 4

14 Lincoln Place,
Madison, NJ 07940

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Madison Cinema 4

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Its a real gem, or was in the not so distant past. I don’t know much about this theater, but I know it was built in 1925 and had a seating capacity of 946. It still has its original marquee hanging outside, but it has been heavily modernized.

The interior still maintains some of the original charm: there is a lounge to every bathroom, the lobby has marble all over it, and the plaster molding on the ceilings are still somewhat intact. It once was a single auditorium, but has since been divided into four. It still maintains its stand alone box office outside.

If you can look past all the horrible modernization, you can tell this was once a truly beautiful little theatre. In recent years it was operated by Clearview Cinemas, and in June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over, as they took most Clearview locations.

Contributed by Spencer

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teecee on June 12, 2005 at 8:50 am

Architect for the “renovations” is Johannes Hoffman.

teecee on July 5, 2005 at 10:22 am

A Moller organ, opus 4288, was installed in the Madison theater in 1925.

teecee on March 17, 2006 at 6:37 pm

Recent photo of the ticket booth:
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moviebuff82 on March 17, 2006 at 11:20 pm

With the new rockaway theatre opening sometime later this year, will this theatre survive?

teecee on March 1, 2008 at 9:04 am

Still a triple as of 1998 – see 2nd paragraph:
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moviebuff82 on March 1, 2008 at 9:15 am

probably they cut up the larger screen into two, or added a fourth one.

shoeshoe14 on April 22, 2008 at 1:19 pm

I went in yesterday as I saw the auditorium from 2 streets away and thinking it was that or a warehouse, I decided to press on and yes it was built in 1925 as the stone says on the top. I asked the young usher outside if I could have a small tour and he asked if “I was one of those.” I replied yes, I’m a human being. He looked puzzled and then showed me the basement. From the lobby, the hall down to the theatres is long and sloping and ends at a small wall. There are 2 stadiums, one on either side and he let me in to show me the stage that’s still intact. It goes to the right and ends at the wall and continues into the other theater. The other theatres are smaller and are before the stadium ones. He said the decorative elements are still untouched and there’s a drop ceiling protecting them. The auditorium ceiling from outside is quite huge.

teecee on June 26, 2009 at 11:04 am

No mention of the theatre in this article but you can see the marquee in the top photo. I’m glad they are considering revitalizing this street. It is not vibrant like the rest of the town is.

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moviebuff82 on February 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

3d will be added at this theater for alice in wonderland 3d in two weeks. advance tickets are on sale.

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