Cinema Plaza

240 Route 202 North,
Flemington, NJ 08648

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Cinema Plaza

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This theatre was built as a dairy barn in the 1920’s and it continued in this capacity through 1965. In 1966 the property was converted to a Chevrolet dealership and continued as such through 1981.

In 1981 Dick Nathan of Nathan Theatres bought the property to replace the aging Hunterdon Theatre (single screen) nearby. He converted the new-car showroom and former milking barn into retail stores and a five-screen movie theatre. A sixth screen was added in 1992 in what was the old hay loft. The original farmhouse still stands at the back of the property. The theatre is the only one in Hunterdon County, NJ and was slated for replacement in 2006 by AmericanPlace Movies.

The Cinema Plaza was closed on March 27, 2011, and was demolished in May 2011. A CVS Pharmacy now stands on the site.

Contributed by John Monsport

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

bigjohann99 on September 7, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Any updates on the New Theater? I noticed the website talks about a Sparta Cinema… it that the only plans for the future?

CSWalczak on May 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm

It looks like the plans to build a new theater to replace the Cinema Plaza are coming to nought; the owner shopping center in which this theater is located wants to demolish it and rebuild, and the theater operator wants to build the new theater at a different location; story here: View link

teecee on June 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Latest update on demolition plan:
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teecee on June 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm

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Looks like this is going to be hot news with frequent updates.

chip26 on March 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Just drove past the theater today. Sign on marquee says “Closes Sunday”.

CSWalczak on March 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

Here is an article about the closing: View link

HalWolverton2 on April 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm

John, I felt silly when I saw that you posted the closeing here.
Here the caption for a FB pic. that I uploaded today:
4/1/11-Cinema Plaza, Flemington, NJ-this was the last movie theater in Hunterdon County until it closed last Sunday. In Nov., 2007, I was stopped at this intersection with my kids in our old Suburban. We were on our way to the theater. A higher force stopped me at a green light. That saved me from being broadsided ( and probably killed ) by a speeding SUV running the red light on Rt. 202. I, also, now work at this same intersection during the tax season.

SPOK on April 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Sadly I also spotted the closure of this multiplex during my frequent drives through Flemington on US Highway 202. I remember the building as a car dealership in the 1970’s. The solitary film I ever saw at this theater was ET. I did not realize until reading the contributions to this site that cinema was once owned by Richard Nathan. My first real employer (outside of the paper route I had as a kid) was a Nathan owned theater in Berkeley Heights, NJ. If I still resided in the area I would have gone to this cinema for more than a solitary film. Unfortunately for the past 30 years it has been not much than a landmark along my lengthy commute. The numerous times I have driven past I noted that the cinema always screened movies immediately after their release.

teecee on August 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Passed by today. They have begun to tear down the building, starting in the back where the DMV office once was.

misterrick on September 14, 2015 at 11:35 pm

IIRC my former boss John Monsport who I worked for during my days at GCC Essex Green in West Orange owned AmericanPlace Movies but apparently has now left the theater circuit business and works with his wife as licensed real estate agents.

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