Carmike Cranford

25 North Avenue,
Cranford, NJ 07016

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Cranford Theatre, Cranford, NJ

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The New Branford Theatre was opened on November 29, 1926 with Noah Berry in “Padlocked” It had 1,300 seats and a Wurlitzer pipe organ. In 1927, the name was changed to Cranford Theatre. By 1941 the Cranford Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Listed in the 1951 FDY as having 1,209 seats, the theater was later twinned and was operated by Cineplex Odeon in the 1980’s and 1990’s. In 1998, it was taken over by an independent operator and was divided into five screens, and currently shows first run movies. Operated by Digiplex Destinations, it was taken over by Carmike Cinemas in 2014.

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joker on June 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

great theater seen alot of movies there. i remember when they closed during the renovations i saw Major League:Back to the Minors one of the two movies which was playing when they closed for renvations. Then i remember them open back up and got to see Armageddon, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Patriot, Shrek and many more.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

1967 “BONNIE and CLYDE” wonder if it was first run or hit the drive-in first.I heard in some parts it was booked right into Drive-ins then Caught Fire and it in the indoor Theatres,this from an old Prpjectionist that said it happened to him.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

Now owned by the Digiplex Destinations chain.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

The only house in New Jersey playing the ballet Esmerelda performed by the Bolshoi Ballet.

Cinemasavvy on July 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

All screens now digital.

rivest266 on August 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

This is now taken over by Carmike Cinemas. Now they have cinemas in the three largest markets in the USA (NYC-LA-Chicagoland)

robboehm on July 6, 2015 at 8:12 am

The Wurlitzer organ was reported to have cost $15,000.

I’ve uploaded a picture from which shows the theater for the brief period it was the Branford.

NYer on July 6, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Just went this past Wed evening to see “Love & Mercy” the Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson biopic. This is a nice neighborhood place. A huge single screen cut up into small auditoriums, they always feature a mixed bag for everyone, from the big blockbuster to the latest art house fare. Others shows I’ve seen her, “The Devil Wears Prada”, Helen Mirren in “The Queen” and “Prairie Home Companion.

walterk on July 7, 2015 at 7:47 am

I’ve just uploaded an ad for opening night in 1926, which took place a week after the 534 seat Cranford Theatre closed. A local civic minded group known as the Cranford Booster Club initiated a movement to convince the owners of the new theatre to rename it the Cranford. They were successful and the New Branford became the New Cranford on January 27, 1927, with some fanfare. I’m also uploading a photo I took while passing through town last week.

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