Westwood Cinema

182 Center Avenue,
Westwood, NJ 07675

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Westwood Cinema

A little gem just off the main drag in Westwood, New Jersey. Unfortunately, the beauty of the theatre is hidden behind the walls of this sixplex. Originally the Pascack Theatre was 1,275 seats including the balcony. Operated by the Skouras Theaters Corp. chain in the 1940’s, United Artists turned it into a quad in the early-1980’s.

The theatre was subsequently sold and now has six screens, two in the original orchestra, two in the balcony, and two on the original stage. The Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ was removed in 1997 and relocated to the Brook Theatre in Bound Brook, New Jersey. By 2018 it had been renamed Westwood Cinema.

Contributed by George Andersen

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CSWalczak on March 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm

An article about this theater with two pictures:
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buymovieposters on August 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

i own an original one sheet from hitchcock’s vertigo taken from the pascack theatre. at the top of the poster in the white border handwritten it notes in red paint “pascack wed-sat.” does anyone know if back in the 50’s movies were released on fridays as they are today? reason i ask is why wouldn’t the movies also be shown on mon. and tues? sunday? were there any theaters open at all on sundays?

CSWalczak on August 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I recall that growing up in Cleveland, that many neighborhood theaters ran films (especially those that typically ran double features) on a Sunday-Monday-Tuesday and then changed features for Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday; there was a lead-in insert sequence in front of the previews that would indicate which sequence of days a particular set of films would be running. If a film did well, it would be “held over” with this fact appearing in the newspaper ads and with a banner over the posters. Based on the note on the poster, this is quite likely how the Pasack ran films during that era.

John Fink
John Fink on August 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

Does anyone know which 3-D system they’re using because the person that answered their management line doesn’t!

mdvoskin on November 12, 2010 at 7:13 am

New movies were generally released on Wednesdays up through the early 1980’s, when the industry switched to Friday openings. Up until the 1970’s, many theatres outside of major cities ran split weeks, Wed->Sat, Sun->Tue or some variation of this.

Jazzbabe on June 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I haven’t been to the theater in years. I was very impressed with the improvements and upgrades the new owner made. The sound system was great! The theater was clean as well as the remodeled restrooms. The owner and employees were extremely courteous and friendly. The chairs were a better quality and more comfortable than AMC. It is nice to have a local theater in town that is comparable to the big chains.

unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

I went to this theater once in 1989. I’m from Newark, but my mother had an art show right next door to this theater. I’d usually help her out, and when there was a theater in the neighborhood, I’d see a film to kill time till the show ended. Saw a double-feature that day: “No Holds Barred” and “Lords of the Deep.” Nice little theater.

moax429 on August 15, 2017 at 6:39 pm

During the brief time I lived in New Jersey (1983-1986), I have never attended this theater, and, judging from what hotwatterbottle said about the management having attitude problems, I’ll be sure to avoid going to the Pascack the next time I come back to Jersey for a visit.

But I do remember reading about an incident that happened at the Pascack in the summer of 1984: The movie “Gremlins” was supposed to open at the Pascack that July, but somebody broke into the theater and stole the prints of the film. Although I don’t remember any follow-up articles about the incident in the Bergen County Record, I’ll most likely bet the perpetrators have long since found a home behind bars.

(I saw “Gremlins” at the Route 46 Triplex in Totowa in late July 1984 and then – when it was rereleased in September 1985 – I saw it again at the Route 17 Triplex in Paramus. Both theaters are now closed, as indicated in their entries.)

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 30, 2018 at 7:59 am

The listing should be changed to Westwood Cinema, which is the current name for the multiplex. Website here

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