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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almcgrath
almcgrath on July 11, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Correction to my previous posting: the one screen was split into two screens in the 1980’s.

jeanneclaire
jeanneclaire on January 10, 2008 at 8:52 pm

I practically grew up in that theater, I remember the beautiful chandelier, I used to stare at it before the Saturday Matinees used to start. :-D (1960s). Standing in a very long line outside the theater to see “Help” and “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Yellow Submarine”, oh you name the movie, I was there weekly. Love that old photo with “Bonnie and Clyde” on the marquee (which I saw there too!) I was literally sick when they made the theater into two screens, and now it’s five screens? Wow! I’m in Texas now, but I dearly miss my old hometown of Cranford, and my favorite theater of all time.

shany94
shany94 on July 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I remember the clock in Theater One at least, used that to deduce that it took Alec Baldwin 45 minutes to re-adopt his costumed alter ego in “The Shadow” in 1994. Saw “Jurassic Park” here the prior year and recall what an experience that was, every seat was filled and the ticket line went down the street. Haven’t been here since “Swimming Pool” in 2003 or so.

joker
joker on June 8, 2010 at 8:43 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 6:31 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 3:43 am

Now owned by the Digiplex Destinations chain.

http://www.digiplexdest.com/

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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

Cinemasavvy
Cinemasavvy on July 16, 2012 at 4:41 am

All screens now digital.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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

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