Hazlet 12

2821 Route 35,
Hazlet, NJ 07730

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Hazlet 12

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Opened August 28, 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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Vito on June 13, 2010 at 8:46 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 5:48 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 9:24 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 8:44 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.

markp on August 12, 2014 at 11:48 am

The old marquee with the black letters you changed by hand is gone, replaced with an LED screen that simply says “Cinemark”

Vito on August 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Mark, I am sorry to hear about the marquee change but today it’s all about money and time savings I guess. Sounds like a money saving move in the long run by eliminating the cost of labor and replacement letters. I always put a lot of effort into the look of that attraction board; my thinking was so many people saw it every day driving and walking by it had to always look sharp. I also insisted that the new movies were always listed first in the left panel meaning that no matter how many new movies opened that week most of the titles had to be shifted to make way for the new one. I just preferred it that way.Another rule was never use the single block substitute for words like THE, WITH, AND unless space was tight and the entire title could not fit words like those had to be spelled out completely. Lastly the look of the sign had to be kept in good working order and immaculately clean which meant removing all of the panels from time to time and replace the neon bulbs, care also had to be taken to be sure all the bulbs were cool white and not mixed with warm white. In addition the panels had to be completely removed and cleaned especially after a tough winter; no cost was too great for the look of that marquee.

markp on August 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Vito, thats how I use to care about the marquees I did in Woodbridge and Menlo Park. If you saw this thing at Hazlet, you would lose your dinner. There are no movie titles. Just the word Cinemark across the whole thing.

markp on August 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

A friend of mine who lives near this theatre told me the other day that Cinemark has half the complex closed and are gutting and remodeling it.

Vito on August 22, 2014 at 8:32 am

When NA had the theatre we disused adding stadium seating; perhaps that is being dome now. Adding IMAX as we did at White Plains would also be a good idea for that location

markp on August 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

We shall see Vito.

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