Empire Cinemas Columbia Park 12

3125 Kennedy Boulevard,
North Bergen, NJ 07047

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John Fink
John Fink on July 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Terrible movie experience these days unfortunately: the escalators haven’t worked since Empire Cinemas took over and the elevator I suppose “sometimes” works. Protocol would dictate finding this out before purchasing a ticket (I feel very bad for seniors and the disabled).

Anyway the theater was pitch black upon entry – the restrooms and concession area were clean. I think the staff does what they can but the owners have a track record of running some of the worst theaters in the country. Also known as Cinema Holdings Group – they’re run venues including the abandoned Mallory Brook 9 and Apple Valley Cinemas, the Park Slope Pavilion (frequently called the worst theater in NYC), and the “unsafe for human occupancy” Destiny 12 in Hamilton, NJ – – but you’d never know that because they’ve rebranded as ‘Empire Cineplex’ or ‘Empire Cinemas’. Google ‘Empire Cineplex’ and you’ll more than likely first information about a Canadian cinema take over. Google ‘Empire Cinemas’ and you’ll find the UK Theater Chain. Well played, Cinema Holdings Group.

Columbia Park, could be a really nice venue with a little attention and a little capital (it’s not a bad looking place – the neglected things like the escalators just need fixing first – then maybe the place could use a new coat of paint). They’ve promised luxury seating and renovations since they reopened, in six+ months they’ve done very little: adding new menu boards at the concession stand, a new sign displaying the “Empire” name in front of the building, and they’ve painted part of the lobby thus far, while ignoring the critical items.

Who knows, maybe they’ll come through and deliver a great movie experience (I hope so) but six+ months of promised improvements and virtually nothing to show for it. AMC started working on Headquarters Plaza two months after taking over and four months later they have a brand new floor open with luxury seats, new concessions and bathrooms. Here they’ve been teasing these kinds of renovations for a while – even putting “sample” seats in the lobby. I suspect they only convert a row or two to luxury seating – the process requires the removal and reshaping of stadium seating auditoriums to accommodate seating that when fully reclined requires more than just removing seats – it requires construction to revamp the auditorium to accommodate seats that take up 2-3x as much room (fully reclined) as the comfortable Regal rocker seats they currently have.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm

looks like it has closed down. No showtimes anywhere.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on September 29, 2009 at 8:23 pm

This theatre has returned to playing first run, with a mix of mainstream and Indian fare.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 29, 2009 at 12:02 am

now owned by big cinemas, an indian theater company. digital 3d is now at this theater.

John Fink
John Fink on May 24, 2008 at 7:16 pm

As of May 23 its under the Phoenix Theaters banner. For those of you keeping count this complex has been run by: Regal Cinemas, United Artists, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark (Interstate), Interstate, (lower half run by) Cinecorp USA, and now Phoenix. Unfortunately I still have passes and gift cards from Starplex – hopefully present management will still honor these, it’s not every week I get out to Texas just to see a movie.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 6, 2007 at 8:20 pm

I agree with you…the closest theater near where I live right now is the Clearview in Parsippany, where they might show a Bollywood film or two once in a while amongst a wave of blockbusters and indies. Other than that, I’m sad for those Bollywood fans missing on their favorite film on a big screen with surround sound and stadium seating, hopefully the new Xanadu might play some films of that type.

ajy111
ajy111 on July 6, 2007 at 8:03 pm

This is terrible news. It’s a real blow to variety in the multiplexes in the area. This place was the only place dedicated to Bollywood films and it’s a real shame that that was stopped. Bwood films are a ton of fun and worth the trek to see them.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 1, 2007 at 10:25 pm

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check this out….no more cheesy Indian flicks playing at this theater anymore!!! This theater will once again be like the old Columbia Park 12, but show the same movies as the old Loews theaters since this theater has stadium seating and will do better business than the Secaucus theaters until the mammoth 26-screen Xanadu opens next year.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 1, 2007 at 10:25 pm

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check this out….no more cheesy Indian flicks playing at this theater anymore!!! This theater will once again be like the old Columbia Park 12, but show the same movies as the old Loews theaters since this theater has stadium seating and will do better business than the Secaucus theaters until the mammoth 26-screen Xanadu opens next year.

John Fink
John Fink on July 9, 2005 at 2:30 am

We might wana consider changing this one to reflect its current status at 10-screens. Instead of displaying a movie title above the door Theatre 1 displayed “Do Not Enter” – when I asked an usher why they weren’t using the theatre his responce was “It had burned down” apparently it had sustained some fire damange, as did the theatre located directly above it #7.