Cinema 23 Fiveplex

Route 23,
Cedar Grove, NJ 07470

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Cinema 23 Fiveplex

Another Clearview Cinema located just off Route 23 in Cedar Grove. The Cinema 23 was opened November 21, 1969 with Woody Allen in “Take the Money and Run”. It was one of the first theatres to show “Star Wars” and other movies in 70mm and Dolby Stereo. This theatre was one of the only remaining theatres on Route 23 (besides Kinnelon and Wayne). It later became a multiplex.

The Cinema 23 Fiveplex was closed on May 11, 2010.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

Oleksij on August 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Well, I’m sad to see another part of my youth vanish. I must admit, I hadn’t been there in a couple of years. Not because of any problems with the theatre, but because I could usually find the same films playing at a theatre closer to home. I think the last film I saw there was THE HULK with Ed Norton.

My favorite memory of Cinena 23 comes from the mid-1970s when for two – and possibly three – summers in a row, they held Disney festivals. Every week throughout the summer they presented a Disney double-feature, usually a classic accompanied by one of Disney’s lesser efforts. It was because of those festivals tha I finally saw FANTASIA, and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and PETER PAN. I also got to see CINDERELLA and SLEEPING BEAUTY on the big screen again. And it was at the Cinema 23 that I go to see re-releases of DR. ZHIVAGO, BONNIE & CLYDE, and 2001. Of course, the advent of the VCR put an end to such re-releases.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

Right on Alex,Had VHS been around in the seventies all those great Late Shows we booked would have died.

misterrick on October 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

My mind is totally spacing and I could be wrong but I seem to recall that Cinema 23 like the Colony in Livingston was originally part of the United Artists Theatres circuit?

fred1 on October 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

You are correct misterrick It was closed by Reagal Cinemas shorty after taking over UATC

CSWalczak on October 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

The theater will be converted to office and retail space: View article

EsseXploreR on August 30, 2013 at 6:45 am

The building is completely gutted, it’s like a warehouse.

MovieMan____1952 on June 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm

As manager of the Willowbrook Cinema, and the Little Cinema in the mall I also “opened” this theater for Spyro Lenas but did not manager it. Meyer Ackerman was a “partner” in this theatre. I’m not sure on the seating but I believe it may have been 800.

Ken Lehman

moviebuff82 on April 24, 2018 at 4:04 pm

One of the few theatres in the area that showed Tron in 70mm during its theatrical run.

rivest266 on July 9, 2018 at 1:08 am

This opened on November 21st, 1969. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on February 10, 2019 at 8:36 am

Clearview closed the Cinema 23 on May 11, 2010 at the end of lease. It did outlast the Blockbuster Video Store that was a near neighbor in the same complex by one month.

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