Clifton Theatre

1138 Main Avenue,
Clifton, NJ 07013

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Clifton Theatre

Located at the corner of Main Avenue and Clifton Avenue. Opened by 1927, the Clifton Theatre was listed as (Closed) in the 1932 edition of Film Daily Yearbook as a silent movie theatre. It disappeared from listings until 1939, although the theatre actually re-opened December 31, 1937 as the ‘New’ Clifton Theater with Paul Muni in “Emile Zola” & Bing Crosby in “Double or Nothing”.

This theatre was the oldest theatre in Clifton and managed to survive throughout the early years of the 21st century despite competition from the upscale Allwood sixplex and the bigger Clifton Commons. Known for playing urban film fare, the place was closed in April 2000 and demolished in 2000-2001 to make room for a new Walgreen’s, which stands where the old theatre used to be. The only bad theatre that I went to while I lived in Clifton, with poor projection, bad sound, and uncomfortable seats.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

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kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Here is an item in Boxoffice magazine, October 1963:

Jerry Littenberg, former Stanley Warner relief manager in this area, has resigned from that company to assume the manager’s duties at the Clifton Theater. Littenberg had been with SW for over a year and before that was associated with Skouras Theaters in the Bergen County area. He replaces Evan Thompson, a former Skouras man, who has now rejoined that circuit.

moviebuff82 on December 26, 2008 at 7:25 pm

very interesting article. BTW, Stanley Warner owned the Ridgewood theater. The person who replaced the relief manager at SW must have overlooked what would become the two Paramus theaters.

moviebuff82 on May 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm

During the credits of “FernGully”, the picture was black while the sound was still on. This theater was the second one to be located not too far from a Blockbuster video store right down the street from its location (the other one is at Clifton Commons). At the time of its closing, it, along with the Franklin, were the only theaters not owned by Clearview, General Cinema, and Loews Cineplex. They were independently run by true employees who know it best.

moviebuff82 on April 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Last week marked 10 years since this theater closed down. It was at the time the oldest movie theater in town and showed its age once Clifton Commons opened. Did this theater ever had 70mm projection and dolby sound during its operation?

moviebuff82 on January 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

Probably not. The Clifton Theater probably showed silent films for the first time in Clifton in those days, then came sound, and the occasional old 3-D flick. In recent years, the theater became a popular venue for kiddie and urban fare that the Allwood wouldn’t play. With the acquisition by Clearview, the Clifton Quad remained an independent theater for the rest of its lease.

moviebuff82 on December 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm

This theater was the only theater in Clifton to show Raiders of the Lost Ark, according to a post by a CT user commemorating the 30th anniversary of that iconic film. They showed it in Dolby Stereo 35mm. When did it become a quad theater from being a single screen?

moviebuff82 on January 26, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Grease was shown in dolby nearly 40 years ago here.

rivest266 on February 24, 2019 at 2:57 pm

December 30th, 1937 grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on March 12, 2019 at 4:11 pm

This theatre and the Allwood theatres both reopened as a twin cinema on December 15th, 1978. Grand opening ad posted.

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