Warner Quad

190 East Ridgewood Avenue,
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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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.

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 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.

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 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!

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

Did this theatre roadshow “Ben Hur” in 1960?

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

recently installed with dlp for the release of bolt.

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.

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.

movieguy
movieguy on December 18, 2007 at 8:49 pm

I just went to see I Am Legend, good film but not as good as I expected it to be.

The new leather seats were comfortable.The size of the “theatre” downstairs is not bad, screen size is decent.

Even the upstairs theatre is not a bad space.

Some of the elements that existed when the Warner was a single screen are still intact today.

I would say it is Clearview’s best cinema in Northern NJ.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 4, 2007 at 1:51 pm

This theater was renovated as of the week after Thanksgiving. Luxurious seats and digital sound were added to each screen.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 30, 2007 at 8:18 am

Thanks. That is great stuff. Happy holidays.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 29, 2007 at 8:35 pm

No, that link does not work either.

JeffS
JeffS on May 8, 2006 at 3:35 pm

That doesn’t make it any more palatable to see what they did to it. I remember it in it’s glory as a single screen house. Now it’s just the same-old-same-old black box screening room like any other ‘theater’ in the area. No class, nothig to set it apart from the rest. Even the outside has been destroyed.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on May 8, 2006 at 3:30 pm

If theater was not turned into a Quad it would be a closed theater/.

carolgrau
carolgrau on May 8, 2006 at 2:22 pm

Thank God Cineplex Odeon got the hell out or they might have tried an 8 plex just to piss off the public, and wonder why the hell they were losing business. Ill never forget when I was still in Pittsburgh,Pa. I cant remember the name of the theatre, but good old Cinnemete corp. wanted to make a 5 PLEX OUT OF A 3 PLEX, and while the afternoon matinee was going on the idiots were knocking out the walls for exit doors. Then they raised hell because the patrons wanted thier money back. They just could not grasp why.
Norelco

carolgrau
carolgrau on May 8, 2006 at 2:20 pm

Thank God Cineplex Odeon got the hell out or they might have tried an 8 plex just to piss off the public, and wonder why the hell they were losing business. Ill never forget when I was still in Pittsburgh,Pa. I cant remember the name of the theatre, but good old Cinnemete corp. wanted to make a 5 PLEX OUT OF A 3 PLEX, and while the afternoon matinee was going on the idiots were knocking out the walls for exit doors. Then they raised hell because the patrons wanted thier money back. They just could not grasp why.
Norelco

sigafoos
sigafoos on December 8, 2004 at 6:14 pm

I worked in The Warner for a number of years in the late 80s and early 90s. The stage and screen frame were still intact behind the current screens. Fortunately, plans to add 2 more screens, which would have structurally destroyed the stage, never went ahead. This may be in part to the economic and political turmoil Cineplex was suffering at the time.
The mural needs restoration as years of popcorn oil, cigarette smoke (no longer allowed) and rain leakage has taken a toll. Some of the door frames are mohoganny, hidden beneath layers of paint. We talked of re-exposing them, but some sections had been replaced with cheaper wood. We did expose the black marble baseboard that also spent years covered in a terracotta paint.
There is an underground stream beneath the theatre that formed the coolant of the original air-conditioning. The catwalks still exist above the upstairs ceiling, which lead you to the current air conditioning units.
The upstairs theatres were modified from the original balcony. The Warner was originally planned to become a twin, but during renovation the idea of placing a wall down the middle sealed its fate as a quad.
The original chandalier still hung in the lobby, while I was there, though its glass pieces had been replaced with translucent plastic.

JeffS
JeffS on September 19, 2004 at 6:24 pm

I grew up in Ridgewood, and remember the Warner before they split it into a quad. It had a huge auditorium and I seem to remember a overhanging balcony. At that time the large vertical “Warner” sign was still out in front. I knew several people that worked there so I got to see a number of the back rooms and out-of-the-way places. I remmeber touring the projection booth where the two machines were aimed down at a steep angle. I remember a room above the marquee where there was a huge motorized switching unit that used to drive the animated chase lights on the marquee and Warner sign. I also rememeber the area above the ceiling where there were catwalks to access the ceiling lights when they needed changing. It was a grand theatre, but ultimately fell to the ‘multiplex’ craze.

joemasher
joemasher on March 6, 2004 at 4:00 am

This theatre opened in 1930, and was designed by Thomas Lamb. The original proscenium is still in tact behind the ground level screens. The lobby features a mural of George Washington standing under an elm tree in Hohokus, NJ. It’s twin resides in the Elmwood Park, NJ Post Office. Still many deco touches to see…