Kendall Park Cinema

Route 27,
Kendall Park, NJ

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The Kendall Park Cinema opened in the the late 80’s/early 90’s in a strip mall on Route 27 in Kendall Park. The theatre opened with some controversy, being one of the first theatres in the area to use automated projection equipment. I remember the opening quite well as members of the projectionists union protested the opening of the theatre. Quite a bit media coverage was given to the protest and I can remember seeing TV news trucks from the NYC stations covering the picket line that was present at the opening.

The cinema itself was very functional and utilitarian. There were two large screens and six smaller screens showing first run films. The theater was demolished to make way for the expansion of new sores in the strip mall.

Contributed by Jack Stachowicz

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teecee on September 11, 2006 at 11:54 pm

“At one time, the shopping mall was a popular spot. A diner, a movie theater and a roller skating rink attracted shoppers. But no new lease had been signed at the mall since 1995, and, in 1999, the seven-screen Kendall Park Movie Theater closed.”

extracted from The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), Oct 17, 2003 p021

markp on January 11, 2008 at 2:31 am

I was one of those union projectionists who picketed this theatre. I believe it was spring of 1991.

shamrockboy on October 23, 2011 at 12:41 am

there were actually only 7 screens – two large (around 300 seat), 1 just over 180, and 4 around 120 seats. it did open in 1991, one of the first movies playing there was hudson hawk, which came out in may 1991. and later robin hood: prince of thieves, which came out in june 1991.

oh, and the controversy was not about using automated equipment, it was about using non-unionized projectionists – namely me! ;–)

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