Cinema 23 Fiveplex

Route 23,
Cedar Grove, NJ 07470

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Cinema 23 Fiveplex

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Another Clearview Cinema located just off Route 23 in Cedar Grove, this multiplex 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).

The Cinema 23 Fiveplex was closed in early 2010.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Are you telling me someone approved “Sgt.Pepper’s” to be processed in 70mm! That was suppose to be our BIG summer Hit.I think we played maybe two weeks.

William
William on June 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Well remember Mike that producer Robert Stigwood was coming off two Big music hits in a row. “Grease” 1978 and “Saturday Night Fever” 1977. So Universal was hoping for a third music hit with “Sgt. Pepper” with music by the Bee Gees and in 70MM 6-Track Dolby Stereo. Well you know the rest of the story.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Yeah,I could only think to put Steve Martin on the Marquee,but even his name did not help.I can’t believe it played anywhere over three weeks.Not including get dumped on a Drive-in in the same city.

Oleksij
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
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
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
CSWalczak on October 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

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

EsseXploreR
EsseXploreR on August 30, 2013 at 6:45 am

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

MovieMan____1952
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

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