Hazlet 12

2821 Route 35,
Hazlet, NJ 07730

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Hazlet 12

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Opened in August 1992. It was taken over from National Amusements by Rave Motion Picture Theatres in December 2009. In June 2013 it was taken over by Cinemark.

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markp on December 14, 2009 at 7:41 am

Will do Vito. And I already got my answer from the article posted on Cinema Treasures last week. Someone listed all the theatres that were sold. Its a real shame to see whats happening to that company. I really miss those old days at the Amboys. Have a nice holiday.

markp on December 15, 2009 at 6:04 am

I guess this is kind of a stupid question, but since Redstone has a patent on Multiplex, I guess once Rave takes over the name of this theatre will be changing to maybe Hazlet 12-plex or something like that. The same I guess for all the theatres involved in the sale.

Vito on December 15, 2009 at 7:41 am

You are correct Mark, Multiplex is a regestered trademark of NA.
I will inguire about it but unless some seperate deal was struck,
the name will have to change.
by the way, i had not realised you left City Center 15.
I recall when you applied for the projectionst position there I said to you “take a look at the four booths the running around and work involved and if you are crazy enough to still want the job
it’s yours” :)

markp on December 15, 2009 at 8:14 am

I do remember that conversation very well. Unfortunately, my back had other plans for me, and early in 2005, I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease (pardon my spelling) and now I can not do a lot of heavy lifting anymore. The theatre I work at do not move a lot of prints, when they do, I have help, and I don’t work thursdays. Its a very painful thing, and I never know when my back will just give out. Its even painful to get in and out of the car. Just to thread up is a chore sometimes. But this is the hand I was dealt, and I forge ahead. Whatever my maker has in store for me, I accept. Don’t you wish sometimes you could just go back 20 or 30 years, when life was so much simpler??

Vito on December 15, 2009 at 8:50 am

So sorry to hear that Mark, I wish the best for you.
Yeah we did move a lot of prints at City center. Every Saturday morning I would pour over the friday grosses and play musical chairs with the prints. It is/was a bit easier in Hazlet with all the projectors in one room and the distance betwen them closer together than City Center. Still there was alot of switching of prints from one house to another, as much as 3 or 4 times a day.
A lot of that is getting much easier now with the Digital format.

John Fink
John Fink on June 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I caught a flick here earlier today: what’s changed? Glad you asked. Strangely enough the theater is identical in design to the former Showcase Cinemas Berlin (Berlin, CT) and also has a new expanded snack bar with hot foods and ice cream, Rave kept that and changed the popcorn (not for the better) and now serve Coke.

I had last been to Hazlet about 5 years ago, since then the concession stand is new as are the electronic displays over the auditorium entrances, the ticket stands still have analog boards. They’ve also added LCD menu displays at the main concession stand. The theaters aren’t stadium, ironic since we saw a digital slide show (Screenvision) before the feature that told us Rave is the “ultimate stadium theater”.

As for outside signs they’ve pained over “Multiplex” on board near the highway and also removed that lettering from the building, they’ve also centered the word “CINEMAS” over the main entrance so I’m not sure if they will be changing any other signs (theres slight label scarring). The presentation was 35MM with no Rave logo (they did show the National Amusements exit bumper before the previews). I really wish Rave didn’t change the concessions, National has the best popcorn of any major theater chain, Rave’s is decent and actually larger but not as delicious.

Vito on June 13, 2010 at 5:46 am

Of the eight full time managers I had when I left Hazlet in 2002 only two remain.The LED signs outside the auditorium where intended to be installed by NA, they were removed from another theatre that had just closed.

Rave intends to have the both converted to 100% digital very soon, as for the digital slides they were installed by NA along with DVD projectors for classic movies.

You are right about the design being the same as Berlin; the only difference is in the sloped roof which in Berlin is flat allowing additional storage room in the second floor booth area which Hazlet does not have. As a matter of fact while we were building Hazlet I visited Berlin to have a look-see.

Serving Coke is actually a throw back because NA served Coke until the late 80s when a deal was struck with Pepsi.

The Multiplex sign had to be removed because NA owns the copy write to “Multiplex Cinemas” and “Showcase Cinemas” and can not be used by any other company except under special conditions

My biggest concern is in the maintenance, I had a full time maintenance man who kept the building looking like new, and Rave has eliminated that. I would expect you to find more torn and broken seats now and less attention paid to the grounds, landscape and paining.

Rave also plans, if they haven’t already, to have front of the house staff, (ushers etc) run the booth which concerns me as well, and hopefully they will be well trained.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

RAVE intends to have the Ushers run the booth.You can thank a spineless Hollywood for ever allowing the Union operators out of a booth. Yeah,Vito you think a 18 year old kid will care about film presentation,Glad I got out of the theatre business in 1983.I could SEE it coming.

DigitalVince on October 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm


I don’t know if you remember me,but my name is “Vince” Vinson, and I was your concessions manager when we opened the Hazlet Multplex. I still tell everyone stories of the Great Opening “50 cent day” and the multitudes of guests who showed up. I am sorry to hear that both Hazlet & Atco (“my” two theaters) are no longer part of the NA family – I guess they could not survive without me =)

Take care and have a great life!

Vito on October 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

Hello Vince nice hearing from you. I still get chills thinking about that 50 cent day it was quite an experience. The people just kept coming and coming and…well you know. We ran out of everything in the stand impossible to have any sort of order on the lines of people waiting for the next show. But funny thing is as crazy as it was I had fun. I was just happy our employees showed up the next day after what they went thru the night before. I was not sure even the managers would come back, but happily everyone did.
The theatre has changed dramatically now under Regal some for the better and some for the worse.

Mike I don’t think Hollywood had anything to do with Hazlet not using union operators it was just a sign of the times with management taking over the booths. I do not approve of front of the house staff running the booth, but as with National it won’t be long before the booth is 100% digital which requires computer skills rather than projection.
But the good news is they now this week they have a new GM an excellent theatre man who will be very good for Hazlet.

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