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. On November 11th, Bow Tie transferred ownership of this theater to an independent.

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John Fink
John Fink on October 18, 2010 at 8:22 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 6:45 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 11:52 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 7:46 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 10:19 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 10:51 am

how about the sound quality John?

moviebuff82 on July 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm

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

hdtv267 on July 7, 2016 at 3:55 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!

mdvoskin on December 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Anyone know who owns this now that Bow-Tie pulled out?

John Fink
John Fink on December 29, 2016 at 1:09 pm

It was taken over by the same owner as Teaneck Cinemas – Bow Tie did a great job of running this place but the physical layout with low ceilings makes it difficult to do anything significant to increase screen size. Hopefully the new owner will continue to make improvements – the theater could certainly use some new seats.

Teaneck Cinemas was in terrible shape when they took over and it evolved into a very nice, clean and modern movie theater with stadium seating and high back rocker seats – – so I think Kinnelon is in good hands! (The showtime are a still a little hard to find, but they’ve launched a website and are available on Fandango)

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