Bow-Tie Wayne Preakness Cinemas

1220 Hamburg Turnpike,
Wayne, NJ 07470

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I used to go to this theatre when I used to live in the Clifton area and hung out with my stepmom. Among the movies I saw at this theatre were kid stuff like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Bean”, and sci-fi stuff like “Star Trek: First Contact”. The theatre usually has some of the longest lines I ever saw. Today it still survives as a cinema despite competition from the AMC Loews Wayne Theatre and the much smaller Valleyview Cinemas. In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over, when they took the Clearview locations.

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moviebuff82 on May 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

All screens now digital as of 2011.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm

This page of the May, 1964, issue of International Projectionist was devoted to the Wayne Theatre, and features four photographs (click the + sign in the toolbar at lower right of the page to enlarge.) The Wayne Theatre was designed by architect Drew Eberson.

moviebuff82 on February 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

most recently recliners were installed at this theater when Bow Tie took over.

moviebuff82 on November 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

the lease was renewed i think.

optimist008 on November 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm


Since they installed recliners, then they surely would have renewed their lease before doing so. In some states, commercial leases are filed with the county clerk and are a matter of public record. Not sure if that includes NJ…

moviebuff82 on January 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm

I’m not sure….i first went to this theater when it was a UA theater and then a Clearview. It was the first theater to have 70mm dolby stereo in Wayne.

John Fink
John Fink on January 10, 2017 at 5:12 pm
  • the theater doesn’t have recliners – they have very comfortable black leather rocking chairs that were installed by Clearview (similar to the ones at the Bellevue in Upper Montclair).

Bow Tie hasn’t made too many physical changes as it was the rare all digital Clearview location (most had a digital screen or two for 3D) and it was in good shape. Very few artifacts from the photographs remain (in public view) unfortunately just the flooring in the front lobby and a series of bars (also visible in the lobby) – the rest is modern with the concession stand having undergone a renovation within the last few years of Clearview’s run.

PeterApruzzese on January 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm

As far as I know, it was never equipped with 70mm when it was a UA house.

markp on January 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

I remember when I was the screen cleaner for Clearview, I went here a few times. It was a really nice theatre. From what I was told it started out a single, then UA added a second screen next door, then split both the original house and the addition to make it 4. Screen sizes were nice.

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