Abby Cinemas

35 Marshall Hill Road,
West Milford, NJ 07480

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Abby Cinemas

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Opened as a four-screen theatre in spring-1976. It was closed in August 2009.

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mdvoskin
mdvoskin on November 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm

>The theater’s new name was named after Nelson Page’s daughter.

The theatre opened under the name ABBY Cinemas in 1976, years before Nelson Page’s daughter was born.

Amazonhottie66
Amazonhottie66 on April 11, 2010 at 4:13 am

I would just like to say that I speak for all teens in W.M. when I say that the closing of his cinema is a real tragedy. Especially knowing that we have to ask our parents to lug us all the way to Riverdale for the theatre over there. Abby Cinemas, we hope to see your return.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Any photos of the LOEWS ABBY?

John Fink
John Fink on June 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

Wait!? There was a theater in Riverdale, NJ?

larry
larry on June 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

The theater in Riverdale must be invisible. I live in the next town and have never seen it. Probably disguised as a nail place.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on June 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Riverdale never had a theatre. The closest theatre to Riverdale was The Colonial in Pompton Lakes. The next closest was the Butler Theatre on Arch street in Butler that closed in the 1950’s, followed by the Meadtown Cinema in Kinnelon which was built in the 1970’s and is still there.

Johnnyecks
Johnnyecks on April 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Sad. I used to work there in the early 90’s (City Slickers, Dracula, Hook..), my bus driver was the manager at the time and got me the job. Then after it reopened as Galaxy, a friend of mine was a manager there, and again when it was Clearview. We had some absolutely great times there. SHREK
!! I have some very fond memories of that theater, and am sad that it closed. It’s a shame. If I had the money, I would love to re-open it, with some AV improvements, as a dollar theater with special screenings (Rocky Horror, diff classic films) etc. But, alas, no money. I hope somebody does something with it. West Milford needs the theater to return, it always did decent. I even remember standing in lines that stretched all the way up to the Shoprite for some films (Ghostbusters II especially). I even remember when the arcade was next door (Play a Lot). Fond, fond memories.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on April 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

It is my understanding, that may not be 100% correct, is that the owner of the Shop-Rite mall strip mall will only rent the theater on a month by month basis, as the want to eventually demolish the entire complex and replace it with a larger Shop-Rite and more profitable stores. The cost of upgrading the projection equipment for digital cinema, a requirement these days, would be so expensive that without a long term lease you will never get back your money.

I was also told by someone involved with the township that when the theatre closed, it was going to be gutted and leased to Tractor Supply hardware store chain, but the deal fell though when the economy tanked.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

Described in this 1976 trade article: Boxoffice

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 13, 2012 at 2:21 am

According to this article, the theater space will be “removed” if a proposed retail expansion plan is approved. View article

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