Bernardsville Cinema 3

5 Mine Brook Road,
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

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Bernardsville Cinema 3

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Spent summers in the area as a kid… saw “The Egg and I” and “Casanova’s Big Night” there in the early-1950’s. Triplexed in the 1980’s, the only change to the facade of the building is the addition of a flat letterboard above the colonial-corniced entranceway.

In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas too over as it took most Clearview locations.

Contributed by Jim Thatcher

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teecee
teecee on March 28, 2005 at 7:25 am

Is there a balcony in this theater? All three screens are on the auidtorium level (two smaller in the rear and one larger in the front), but this place looks like it has or had a balcony at one time.

teecee
teecee on March 30, 2005 at 6:43 am

Here is the homepage:
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I have written numerous emails to Clearview (all unanswered) to petition them to put current/historical photos and history on their webpages.

teecee
teecee on June 12, 2005 at 8:49 am

Architect for the “renovations” is Johannes Hoffman.
johanneshoffman.com

teecee
teecee on September 18, 2005 at 10:54 am

Photo that I took on 9/5/05:
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teecee
teecee on January 22, 2006 at 6:04 am

Postcard from 1921, showing “new” theatre:
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I believe that the theater is the building with the awning near the sidewalk level.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 2:41 am

Listed as open in the 1944 FDY. Listed in the 1961 FDY as part of Triangle-Liggett Theatre Service, as “Liberty”.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:45 am

Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

SPOK
SPOK on September 2, 2007 at 4:07 pm

As noted by others, this is one of those beautiful grand old theaters that was reworked into an oddly shapped triplex. Fortunately I had the opportunity to see several films on the big screen, such as PRIVATE BENJAMIN, REDS, and RAGTIME before the theater was rebuilt in the early 1980s.

Parking for the theater was generally found in assorted parking lots in the rear of the building. There is a narrow alleyway leading from the main lot to the front of the building. The size of the theater is deceiving as there is a narrow entrance flanked by stores (Not unlike the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City), but opens up once you get into the theater itself.

The drawback of dividing up the old place is that the individual theaters are small. I took my kids there to see THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE and the size and quality of the picture was little better than watching the film at home on a large televison set. Today when I pay an arm and a leg for movie tickets I expect a BIG picture with unmatched sound quality. Alas, those days are gone.

teecee
teecee on March 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Old program from the Liberty Theater:

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