Linwood Theater

1681 Fletcher Avenue,
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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Linwood Theater

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Opened on July 10, 1962 with “Bye, Bye Birdie”, the cinema was located in the Linwood Shopping Center. This theater survived into the 1970’s but was converted into a CVS store.

Any additional information on this theater would be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by tc

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teecee
teecee on March 1, 2006 at 11:51 pm

Listed as a 2 screen in the 1991 International Motion Picture Almanac. Part of United Artists.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 1:53 am

Listed as part of B.S. Moss Theatres in the 1970 FDY.

EddieMcD
EddieMcD on July 11, 2006 at 8:12 am

I remember the Linwood Theater well but can’t recall exactly when it closed down. The last films I recall seeing there are Pink Floyd-The Wall and Creepshow which were both released in 1982. I was just a kid then but I remember this being my family’s favorite theater for while. We would see a movie and have dinner at the nearby Red Oak diner which is still open and is a great classic NJ diner.

The Linwood Park apartments are there and the Linwood Shopping center still exists. As mentioned above, the theater building is now a CVS but I don’t believe the building was completely demolished. You can still imagine the general shape of a movie theater from the outside and you can still see the multiple fire exit doors on the side and rear. The CVS sign is now in the place of the original marquis out by the street.

In the 1970s and early 80s this theater was a great alternative to the crowds of the Paramus theaters on Rt 4 and Rt 17. Films shown there were not always the very first run but they were well ahead of the second-run houses such as the Rialto in Ridgefield Park. The Secaucus and Ridgefield Park Loews theaters did not exist yet so other than the local drive-ins (which were fading fast at this point) there were not many alternatives in this part of Bergen County at this time, early 1980s.
They also had this very unique, psychedelic color floating bubble effect type of image on the screens in between the shows. This was before the days of movie ads during the walk-in of course. Can you imagine today a theater “wasting” any visual space on non-advertisement images?

bamtino
bamtino on November 20, 2007 at 9:04 pm

Status should be changed to “Closed” since the CVS at this location actually operates within the shell of the theatre. Also, function should be changed to “Drugstore.”

bamtino
bamtino on January 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Again, status needs to be changed from “Demolished” to “Closed,” sinc the CVS at this location actually operates within the shell of the theatre. Also, the address listed is incorrect. Theatre was actually located at 168 Fletcher Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

This opened on July 10th, 1963.

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