Cinema 46

1 US Highway 46,
Totowa, NJ 07512

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Cinema 46

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The Cinema 46 opened by Skouras Theatres August 12, 1964 with The Beatles in “A Hard Days Night. It closed in April 1997 under United Artists after Sony expanded a theater to 14 screens nearby on Route 46. It had 70mm projection capabilities.

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I agree unclejay73. I think I saw Hook on a very big screen. FYI, Hook was supposed to be the first movie with Sony’s SDDS sound system, but was pushed back nearly two years until “Last Action Hero” came out.

markp
markp on May 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

There was a story many years ago about this theatre, dont know how true it was, that when they played the first ever Sensurround movie, Earthquake, that some of the ceiling tiles actually fell out of the ceiling. I dont know if this happened, as I was only 15 at the time and heard people talking about it.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

The officemax in totowa was closed earlier this year. Maybe they should put in the movie theater back again lol

Jef
Jef on October 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I saw a lot of moves at Cinema 46. I wish I could remember more of them. When I was twelve an usher there caught me and my buddy trying to sneak into an R rated movie. I saw “Purple Rain” there and liked it so much I stuck around and saw it again. Sometimes if it was crowded the ushers asked people to exit through the outside doors. But if you told them you needed to make a phone call or use the bathroom they let you back in the lobby and you could usually stick around and see another movie. Does anyone remember pay phones?

MovieMan____1952
MovieMan____1952 on June 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I managed this theatre from 1965 to 1966. Theatre opened slowly but took-off after showing “Zorba The Greek”. we ran an “arty” type schedule including; “Fail Safe”,“A Man For All Seasons”, “The Ipcress File.” The theatre never had enough parking in those days resulting in gridlock for the second evening showing. The NJ State Police actually blocked off our entrance because of a traffic back up on Route 46.

Kirk Douglas appeared here in person for the Reserved Seat Engagement of “Cast A Giant Shadow.” I did not get to meet him as I had moved on to another theatre.

Ken Lehman…former manager.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Was that theater the Wayne quad? Both theaters were run by UA in addition to the Pascack theater in Westwood, NJ among others, before either closing them or selling them to other chains as competitors expanded screens such as Sony/Loews in Wayne.

bilbo
bilbo on September 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I saw Star Wars the first week it arrived at the Totowa cinema. We got there too late for a good seat. I was in the first row and the farthest seat to the left. With the curved screen I could only see the right side of the screen. It was the only seat left but hyperspace was still a great experience. It was fun to turn to the right and look back at all the attendees faces.

headwaiter
headwaiter on February 25, 2015 at 11:01 am

I remember the summer of 1978 as the summer that “Animal House” came out. I remember seeing it at this theatre and if we had a slow summer night with nothing to do, we would go back to this theatre and see Animal House again.

I enjoyed this theatre and I saw many movies here. I loved the seats and the big screen. I miss this theatre.

raysson
raysson on February 25, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Correction: The Cinema 46 opened by Skouras Theatres on August 12,1964 with The Beatles in “A Hard Day’s Night” It closed in April of 1997 under United Artists Theatres.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm

When did UA take over…had this theater still run it would’ve been owned by Regal. The opening of the Paramus Park movie theater this fall will mark Regal’s return to northeast NJ after selling its theaters in North Bergen to independent companies. The closest Regal is in South Plainfield as well as Pohatcong, NJ.

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