Warner Quad

190 East Ridgewood Avenue,
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Warner Quad

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Opened in 1932, this Art Deco style neighborhood palace was originally part of the Warner circuit. The Warner Theatre later became part of the Stanley-Warner chain and then the merged units of RKO-Stanley-Warner.

As the decades worn on, the Warner Theatre lost its grand, signature Warner sign. In 1981, Cineplex Odeon purchased the theater and converted it into a four screen house. Operated by Clearview Cinemas circuit since 1998, in June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over, as that chain took most Clearview locations. The Warner Quad offers a healthy diet of first run commercial and art house fare and its asymmetrical Deco facade continues to highlight Ridgewood Avenue.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 27, 2008 at 1:52 pm

The opening date in the introduction is incorrect. According to reportage in Box Office Magazine at the time, the Warner Theatre had its grand opening on June 15th, 1932, with WB’s “The Dark Horse” (starring Warren William). Stage ceremonies were emceed by Jack Haley, who brought along Mitzi Green, Bert Wheeler, and Polly Walters to entertain. After the show, the lobby was cleared for dancing, with music provided by bands from local chapters of the American Legion and the Elks' Club.

Kisneurotoxic
Kisneurotoxic on April 14, 2008 at 8:01 pm

With the exception of the garden state 16 I can say the Warner Quad is one of the top theaters in the area. The management takes a lot of pride in keeping this place top notch. If your in the area check this place out, some of the elements of its past still exist.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 22, 2008 at 10:00 am

recently installed with dlp for the release of bolt.

RJT70mm
RJT70mm on April 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

Did this theatre roadshow “Ben Hur” in 1960?

MaxAndDave
MaxAndDave on January 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I have memories of the Warner going back to at least 1964! It was really a beautiful theater at one time. Does anyone know what happened to the clock in the auditorium that advertised the hardware store across the street? I’d pay some real money for that!

powerguy
powerguy on September 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I grew up in Ridgewood and have fond memories of the Warner and its grand marquee with yellow and white chaser lights. The YMCA would take a group of kids there on Saturday mornings to see cartoons. Lots of fun for 50 cents. Also saw many movies there on its big screen. There was only one screen then. The theater had a balcony too. I remember seeing “The High and Mighty” and “Spencer’s Mountain”, two movies I still recall in detail. Good memories. Glad to see that it’s still open.

MaxAndDave
MaxAndDave on September 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Yeah, it’s amazing how many movies I remember seeing there! So simple on the outside; so opulant on the inside.

pschultze
pschultze on August 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Saw my first Bond film (“Goldfinger”) at the Warner just after I turned 13. Many of the biblical epics of the late 50s/early 60s showed there, so there’s a good chance that “Ben-Hur” was one of them.

MaxAndDave
MaxAndDave on August 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I remember seeing “Goldfinger” there too! But it was in a double-feature with “Dr. No,” so it was probably a second release. They used to do that in the days before DVDs.

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