Bow-Tie Wayne Preakness Cinemas

1220 Hamburg Turnpike,
Wayne, NJ 07470

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm

If you use the address 19 Preakness Shopping Center at Google Maps, the pin icon fetches up exactly in front of the theater entrance, and you can get this street view.

moviebuff82 on March 17, 2018 at 5:37 pm

Advance tickets are on sale for the avengers movie Here while loews doesn’t have it. Next year cinemark will provide competition for this theater and AMC.

markp on January 12, 2017 at 7:30 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.

PeterApruzzese on January 10, 2017 at 9:19 pm

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

John Fink
John Fink on January 10, 2017 at 7:12 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.

moviebuff82 on January 10, 2017 at 6:29 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.

optimist008 on November 22, 2016 at 3:41 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 November 22, 2016 at 3:34 pm

the lease was renewed i think.

moviebuff82 on February 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2013 at 1:46 am

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 May 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

All screens now digital as of 2011.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 25, 2011 at 8:45 am








SEATS: 1,180

PHONE 973.694.4136


Opened in 1963 in the then Wayne Shopping Center, as a 900 seat single theater on a single level showing Dean Martin in “4 FOR TEXAS”.


1963-1969 Skouras Theatres Corp. of Great Neck. N.Y.,they owned over 50 theatres in New Jersey and New York.

1975-1997 United Artists Theatre Circuit, Inc., they twined the place in the early 1980’s and later added 2 more screens. The seats came from the 34th Street Showplace in Manhattan. Seats, 265, 265, 350, 300.

1997 Clearview Cinemas Corp.

More info and photos are always welcome.

moviebuff82 on March 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm

the parking lot near the theater might’ve been flooded.

moviebuff82 on January 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm

showtimes are now back up online.

moviebuff82 on January 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

showtimes are not available to purchase online. Maybe it’s busy?

moviebuff82 on January 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

another digital projector was installed in this theater.

moviebuff82 on February 8, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I never been to the one in Kinnelon, but my stepmom went there when she used to live in Pequannock. I’ve been right by there, and it’s like one of those strip mall theaters that are competiting with the big ones, e.g. the AMCs in Rockaway, Wayne, and Clifton Commons. As for the Allwood sixplex, they haven’t updated it since the two larger theaters got digital surround sound systems, it might be time for that theater to close since Clifton Commons is already profitable.

John Fink
John Fink on February 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Undergoing an upgrade with “leather” seats. Still has a no masking, so Coraline in 3-D had both ends of the screen with no image. Other than that it still seems to be successful – the lobby recently added a party room. the bathrooms finally got an upgrade and the concession stand appears to be enlarged.

Now they need to upgrade Kinnelon (or close it and start over).

moviebuff82 on November 22, 2008 at 11:55 am

This theater was recently installed with digital projection for the release of Bolt in 3-D, as well as several other Clearviews in the area.

moviebuff82 on June 11, 2008 at 10:21 am

if memory serves me right, this theater was one of the first theaters to get DTS installed just in time for Jurassic Park 15 years ago this day. The Loews in Wayne didn’t get it, since it preferred playing it in Dolby Stereo and was ordering a rival system, SDDS. My dad and stepmom went to the smaller theater just to hear those dinosaurs roar loud and clear!!! When the sequel came out in 1997, the Loews had DTS, not to mention SDDS but not Dolby Digital, which it would later install as SDDS became less popular at the turn of the 21st century.

moviebuff82 on November 19, 2007 at 7:48 am

any news on when it will close? there was a post on that other wayne theater that is still open which mentions that the amc loews wayne would kill off the smaller theatres. only one, the valleyview twin, is gone, leaving the future of the quad in doubt.

teecee on June 30, 2005 at 4:28 am

The Record (Bergen County, NJ), Sept 13, 1997 pA11

MADISON – Clearview Cinema Group, Inc. on Friday said it has completed the acquisition of five theaters from United Artists Theatre Circuit, Inc. for $8.65 million in cash. The theaters have a total of 14 screens and are located in Wayne and Bronxville, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and New City, N.Y. The completion of this transaction raises Clearview’s number of theaters to 22 and its screen count to 83.

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joemasher on May 23, 2005 at 6:06 am

This was one of my theatres when I was a Division Manager for Clearview. It still grosses very well. Originally, it was a single screen built in the late 50’s-early 60’s in the shopping center. UA twinned the place in the early 80’s, then added two more screens. When this was done, the lobby was extended by building out into the original auditorium. If you go into theatres 1 & 2, you can see the booth windows are set back from the entrance doors, giving the impression that there once could have been a small balcony. The result is a very large lobby and large concession stand. The four theatres seat around 265-265-350-300, and recenly went through sound upgrades providing Digital Sound in all 4 houses.

br91975 on May 22, 2005 at 9:33 pm

The seats from the former 34th Street Showplace in Manhattan are currently in use at the Wayne Preakness Cinemas.