Parsippany Cinema 12

3035 Route 46,
Parsippany, NJ 07054

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Parsippany Cinema 12

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Located just off Route 46 in Morris County’s biggest city, this theatre has been entertaining audiences for a long time. It was taken over by Clearview Cinemas in November 1997 and was taken over by Bow-Tie Cinemas in June 2013.

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ParsippanyCinema12 on July 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I worked concession/usher at the AMC Inner Theatre one summer while in high school, and then worked as an usher at this theatre during my first year in college. I was hired when they were just about to open and construction was to supposed to complete and was behind schedule. The opening was rushed and not all screens were complete. I remember carpeting not being finished too.

Its interesting to hear about the sound complaints. I’m particularly aware of them, because there was a dispute between the owner and the construction company over the way that the walls separating the theaters were built or insulated, which allowed sound to bleed through, that I believe led to a significant delay in the construction company being paid after it opened.

Around the corner from the ticket sales is a window that faces the concession stand. It used to be a one-way mirror from the manager’s office.

One of the coolest parts of this theatre was/is the projection area on the second floor. The door to the stairs that lead up to it are acros from the concession stand and near the manager’s office.

I remember the projection area being a “T” hallway with all the projectors openly visible. The audio was CD-based, which from reading elsewhere on this site sounds like it might have been DTS. They were a non-union projectionist shop, which meant that you could gain experience and then try to join the union. I only ever remember one projectionist, who would wonder into the theatre every now and then and then disappear up those stairs. The managers also did projection work, as needed. I really wanted to become a projectionist, but the opportunity only came as I was leaving to focus on school, and sadly couldn’t pursue it.

The son of the owner was a manager there. As was a previous manager of their Succasunna theatre. Both nice guys. I ran into the owner’s son somewhere, after I left and after they had sold the theatre. I remember him saying that they left the theatre business and went into the technology business.

Aspen Extreme and Dumb & Dumber are the earliest movies that I remember there. I remember closing every night for weeks when the last movie to “get out” was Pulp Fiction and watched the last hour of it so many times that I was able to tell how certain sequences of the movie were shot and edited.

It was probably the best, if least paid, job I’ve ever had.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I can’t believe any local would take in a Projectionist trained by a non-union projectionist.And this in New Jersey!Don’t believe it.Mike local 629.

moviebuff82 on August 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm

avatar 3d special edition is playing in 3d at this theater, the only morris county location.

moviebuff82 on January 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Social Network is playing in this theater.

moviebuff82 on February 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Check this out….good effort by the police dept. in Parsippany. View link

moviebuff82 on November 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm

moviebuff82 on August 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Went to see “The Watch” in theater #3, which is sandwhich between two larger houses that have digital surround sound and probably digital projection that passed some subwoofer noises to this small screen. Presentation was film and was in good condition. Sound was mono. Theater was packed yesterday because of free movie tuesday. The Parking lot around the theater is usually full, so park near any store that’s a good walking distance away from the main complex and watch out for cars!!!

moviebuff82 on June 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Name should be changed to bow tie as they now own all of the clearview cinemas. Advance tickets now on a different site instead of movie tickets.

moviebuff82 on June 30, 2013 at 6:46 am

They are installing more digital projectors and dumping 35mm film. Personally I prefer the look of 35mm over digital since its much sharper on a smaller screen than a digital print. Plus I like the grainy look of it with splices and cue marks.

moviebuff82 on December 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

The outside sign greeting moviegoers on route 46 has been replaced with the bow tie logo.

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