Carmike Cranford

25 North Avenue,
Cranford, NJ 07016

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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)

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

All screens now digital.

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.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 20, 2011 at 3:43 am

Now owned by the Digiplex Destinations chain.

http://www.digiplexdest.com/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

almcgrath
almcgrath on July 11, 2007 at 9:08 pm

This movie opened in the 1920’s. It was originally one-screen, had a beautiful curved ceiling and a rear balcony. I think the ceiling had a chandelier at some point. There was also a clock (Westclox?) hanging from the left or right side of the theater. I thought that was odd to put a clock there. The main entrance/vestibule also had a lovely, curved ceiling with a shell-like motif. Sometime in the 1990’s the movie theater was split in half into two screens – big mistake – really small screens. Then a few years later, another Einstein decided to add a second floor to the two rooms, as well as completely covering (or demolishing for all I know) the beautiful curved ceiling. I think the rear balcony was saved/just kept as part of the second floor. But the screens were made even smaller after that – almost like a television. Also the main vestibule’s beautiful ceiling was covered up. Now there are no traces of the theater’s architectural past. It’s a shame. My husband remembers seeing “A Hard Day’s Night” in this movie theater in 1964, as well as old Groucho Marx movies that were re-issued in the 1960’s.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 2:16 am

Listed in the 1944 FDY as part of Warner Bros. Listed as part of Stanley Warner Corp. in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee
teecee on March 1, 2006 at 11:59 pm

Listed as part of RKO-Stanley Warner Theatres, Inc. in the 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac.

teecee
teecee on March 1, 2006 at 10:54 pm

Listed as a 2 screen RKO Century Warner Theatre in the 1985 International Motion Picture Almanac.

asadsack
asadsack on January 19, 2006 at 3:52 pm

My sister-in-law grew up in Cranford and I believe she worked here
when she was in college. My brother and I saw “Young Frankenstein"
here and I believe I saw "Midway” here. Don’t recall musch else.
Sorry.

moviesmovies
moviesmovies on July 13, 2005 at 9:01 am

saw Peter Weir's
‘Picnic…'
here in the '70s.

teecee
teecee on July 5, 2005 at 5:56 am

A Wurlitzer organ, opus 1468, was installed in this theater on 10/6/1926.

teecee
teecee on March 21, 2005 at 6:31 pm

Purchased in February 1998 by Jesse Sayegh, president of CJM Entertainment of Cedar Grove. The businessman purchased the movie theater from Cineplex Odeon, the company that owns cinemas at Menlo Park Mall in Edison and Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City.
Sayegh, who purchased the Rialto movie theater in Westfield in 1997, expanded the twin-screen Cranford Theatre to five screens, poured $600,000 to $700,000 worth of improvements into the cinema. The theater, built in the 1920s, was closed during the renovations.

teecee
teecee on March 11, 2005 at 5:54 pm

Listed in the 1/17/91 editon of the Star Ledger as a twin under the Cineplex Odeon banner.