Bow-Tie Kinnelon 8

25 Kinnelon Road,
Kinnelon, NJ 07405

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Located just off Route 23 in Kinnelon, this theatre is one of many former Clearview Cinemas that in June 2013 have been taken over by Bow-Tie Cinemas. Located in Morris County it attracts moviegoers from the northern part of Morris County (i.e., the Pequannock Area). Its location near a busy shopping center makes it convenient for shoppers to go to the movies.

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John Fink
John Fink on June 14, 2010 at 10:19 am

Well it’s good that the theater is adding DLP because Kinnelon can’t seem to get 35MM right. I had an awful experience here last night which caused us to leave before the feature: the manager had told us they changed aperture plates and rearranged the booth so that a scope film could only project on about 80% of what is already a pretty small screen.

The film was projected in the bottom right leaving much of the top and left side of the screen unprojected. The placement of the projector also slightly distorted the image. The kicker is that this isn’t a second run discount house where I could be more forgiving – I expect a quality experience at a first run theater with an adult evening ticket price of $10.75. We did receive a refund, and the reason we come here once in a while is that it’s local and the popcorn is good.

Howard B. Haas you’re 100% right with your comment, Clearview does do a better job elsewhere and I’m sure its new complexes are fine (I know SOPAC very nice). I would say part of the problem are the cheap sites they acquired such as this one – converted from retail it follows the old AMC model, it could just as easily be converted back to retail with projection booths only a few steps above the theater. Therefore the previous operators not thinking of advent of stadium seating boom in the late 90’s (which cased many a chain to go bankrupt) built the place on the cheap. I mean really this place competed with musty old Colonial Twin and the revolving door of operators at the Abby. This theater doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a modern cineplex, but the sound is fine (in one of the larger theaters staff often tell us to sit in the center to experience the full sound system) and there is a commitment to get that $3 upgrade charge by adding digital 3-D.

The problem here is it still holds its own because it fills a niche in the region, it’s the closest theater to me, which is why we went here first before driving to Garden State where we ultimately saw the film which filled the whole of a properly masked large screen. It has a pleasant atmosphere where parent feel safe dropping off their kids, so as a “community theater” it works.

With that said, and those are important qualities, I would venture to say that of every theater I’ve been to (and I see about 4 films a week in theaters) this is flat out the worst in terms of projection now that the (former Clearview) Screening Zone (which I dealt with only because they showed amazing films despite having outdated projection equipment and oddly placed screens) is gone.

rdocwra on August 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Theater is working on correcting masking issues with 4 of the theaters which were installed by the original owner with the wrong lenses and simply cut off the sides of scope images since they did not have movaeable masking. Alot of the projection issues with this theater are from the the design with the projectors in the corners of the rear of the theaters instead of the middle giving it focus and distortion problems. The theater has since put in new lenses so we get proper ratios on all the screens and now has movable masking in all the screens

John Fink
John Fink on October 18, 2010 at 6:22 am

It’s only been about 10 years that Clearview has been charging a first run ticket price for a poor quality experience. Meanwhile the concession stand has been upgraded a few times since CJM’s ownership.

I’m glad right as 35MM is dying that Clearview is investing in bringing the theater up to the standards that say, General Cinema had in the 1960’s. I’ve had more bad experiences with this theater than good ones from the film ending before the credits (a manager once told me “there’s nothing I can do, you saw the whole movie” – someone this disrespectful to filmmakers should not be presenting films for a living) to several projection issues ranging from framing to focus problems. The front two houses are generally decent, while the back houses are in general kind of awful (except 10 and 11 which I don’t believe have the aforementioned construction problem).

As I’ve said before I could be more forgiving if this was a second run discount house (Teneck has pretty poor projection, they’ve always had – but they are a second run house and priced accordingly) – but for $10.75 a seat, which is about the going rate for a first run ticket in the area, you’d hope to have a good experience. I should also note that there are two theaters that had opened in the last 12 months in Northern New Jersey, they have no issue offering proper aspect ratios, sharp focus, good sound, and stadium seating and are able to do all this at a cheaper price point ($10 for adults).

The theater gets away with providing a crappy experience because they have in the past provided such terrible answers to projection complaints as “the movie was sent to us this way” – and sadly people don’t question it, or demand a refund and see the film elsewhere.

Johnnyecks on April 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Growing up in West Milford, this theater was a joke. When the Abbey closed down, in WM, I would’ve rather driven the 40 mins to Rockaway, or Wayne to go to the movies instead of 15 mins to Kinnelon. The theater was always staffed with rude people, there was always a problem with the sound or picture, sometimes both. The last movie I remember seeing there was Sixth Sense. And forget if you had to go to the Meadtown theater. It had a cool nostalgic retro feel to it, but the sound and video were even worse, and you were in a theater that is smaller than some peoples living rooms.

moviebuff82 on September 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

Clearview has renamed the 3 screener the Kinnelon Arts Centre while the 8 screener is still called Kinnelon.

fred1 on May 4, 2013 at 5:46 am

The 3 screen Kinnelon Arts center will close prior to the Bow Tie take over

John Fink
John Fink on November 30, 2013 at 8:19 am

Bow Tie has solved the major problem I had with many of the Clearview locations – Kinnelon has gone all digital and the picture is sharp, bright and most importantly – in focus! I look forward to seeing what they do circuit-wide as they continue to work on the Clearview sites.

moviebuff82 on November 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

how about the sound quality John?

moviebuff82 on July 7, 2016 at 12:22 pm

One of two remaining Bow Tie Cinemas in Morris County left.

hdtv267 on July 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Amazing. i did an image search of this venue and were rewarded with many photos. That took me a manner of 25 seconds.

Pity that someone whom is so concerned with such a piece of trivial information would be more concerned with being sure that this building has a photo representing it.

Priorities! Priorities!

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