Cranford Theatre

25 North Avenue W,
Cranford, NJ 07016

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Cranford Theatre, Cranford, NJ

The New Branford Theatre was opened on November 29, 1926 with Noah Berry in “Padlocked” It had 1,300 seats and a Wurlitzer 2 manual 8 ranks 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 theatre 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 screened first run movies. Operated by Digiplex Destinations, it was taken over by Carmike Cinemas in 2014. Taken over by NewVision Theatres in March 2017 it was renamed Cranford Theatre again. It was closed on September 4, 2019. It was taken over by a new operator and reopened November 8, 2019.

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The_Batman_Professor
The_Batman_Professor on June 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

First film I saw at this theater was STAR TREK III. Also saw RE-ANIMATOR here – what a blast!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

Wow. The current parent company of this theater also owns other theaters that AMC had to divest upon the acquisition of Carmike due to proximity to AMC’s own theaters.

FrankieattheMovies
FrankieattheMovies on August 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

great theater saw lots of movies there from the 90s till now. i remember being a twin cinema. I happen to see the last movie when they had only 2 screens twin cinema in 1998 before it closed to turn into a 5 screen theater and reopen in july 1998. I was there when it reopen in july 1998. Its a nice theater one of my favorites!

jeffpiatt
jeffpiatt on February 5, 2018 at 1:51 am

New vision has rebranded this theater as “New Vision Theatres Cranford Theatre”

julianatheaterbuff
julianatheaterbuff on July 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Was in town visiting a boyfriend and i mention to him what a nice town he said theres even a ‘'theatre’‘ thats all it took and had him drive me by and there it was it a nice gem in a town thats preserves places like this how wonderful CRANFORD is ;)

markp
markp on September 6, 2019 at 9:36 am

Theatre closed as of Wednesday the 4th. Same issue that closed the Rialto in Westfield NJ.

walterk
walterk on September 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

I Can’t believe they started moving things out while there were still patrons in the theatre for a special showing of “Fried Green Tomatoes”

A local article about the closing can be read here, the “tapinto” link within will lead to a picture of an employee on a ladder changing the marquee to read “closed.”

A final note on the Cranford’s Wurlitzer: an old comment mentions it was opus 1468, installed October 10, 1926. Adding to that, it was a 2 manual style 190, with 8 ranks.

markp
markp on September 25, 2019 at 4:38 am

I saw on facebook this morning a local article that the theatre will reopen in November with new seats and carpet. Did not state the name of the company who will run it.

Guodone
Guodone on September 24, 2020 at 11:11 am

The Cranford Theater was a few towns over from where I lived. I saw a few movies there but Alien is the only one I remember. A nice single theater that eventually went the way of the ‘split’.

jeffpiatt
jeffpiatt on October 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

https://www.cranfordtheater.com/ Looks like they went under independent ownership.

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