Emerson Quad

344 Kinderkamack Road,
Emerson, NJ 07630

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This theatre is a shopping center ‘box’ from the 1960’s. When built, it was an identical twin to the Town Theatre in New City, NY (about 10 miles north-now New City Cinema 6). Unlike New City, which has been extensively renovated, the Emerson, though quadded, has its original wood paneled lobby.

Operated by Clearview Cinemas, it was closed in early-2010 and converted briefly to retail use. By the end of 2010, it had been demolished.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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John Fink
John Fink on February 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I once had an awful experience here: I was ejected from the theater because I entered the auditorium 5 minutes prior to the start of the show by some moron employee who though I had snuck in, even after I showed this a-hole my ripped ticket stub. (For the last 10 years I’ve seen 5+ movies a week and pay for each, this is the only time this has happened to me) The staff had no concept of crowd control I suppose and he accused me of not hearing his announcement that the theaters weren’t ready yet.

Fine, but every other scenario the theater the staff simply asks you to wait outside if the theater isn’t ready, they don’t forcibly remove you for no reason (this guy actually put his hands on me and at first refused to refund my ticket).

Needless to say I’m glad it’s gone (after complaining to corporate I was given 4 free passes for my trouble, disappointingly when I returned a few months later to see an independent film that had only been playing here and not at Montclair, the a-hole that ejected me had sold us our tickets – proving customer service wasn’t a top priority for Clearview I suppose).

Clearview as a chain has gotten better, but thinking in remember that incident I’m still angry that the film I had gone to see that night, I still have yet to see. They did show good independent film like Dogtown & Z-Boys that didn’t fit the bill at Tenafly which caters to a less teen centric crowd than this one did and that Westwood’s Pascack didn’t show.

TLSLOEWS on May 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Man what happened to showmanship.

lfreimauer on November 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

The theater is closed and demolished. The description should be changed to reflect this. Certainly not correct as is.

John Fink
John Fink on November 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

closed, demolished….and not missed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

JOHN.Wow,what a Story.Would not have happened at the Theatres I managed.NO way.

John Fink
John Fink on December 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

It was run by Clearview – while it was shocking to me then in retrospect nothing shocks me about that chain, they have such little regard for the customer experience (including proper masking/projection) – they actually for a little while got better, but I have many stories about how notoriously crappy their theaters are. I can forgive a small mom and pop operator or a small chain for inconsistencies from time to time, but Clearview is a major chain (that runs crappy theaters built on the cheap) AND charges first run prices that are equal to and in most cases more than the large national chains that offer better amenities.

Quick proof how downright evil they are: the Clairidge in Montclair FOR ONE WEEK ONLY had decided to eliminate matinee, senior (the majority of their audience I’d guesstimate), and child pricing – all seats, all times $10.50. After bad publicity they revered the policy the next week.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Glad I Got of the Business in 83. Merry Christmas.

lfreimauer on January 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

If it were not for the “seniors”, the place would have closed years ago.

reluctantpopstar on August 31, 2016 at 2:33 am

Many, many, many visits here in the late 70’s and early ‘80s. It was a single screen at that time. Second run house, $2 a ticket. I remember the old gent that tore the tickets very well. Very short and bald. Probably went there once a month for five years.

vindanpar on March 12, 2017 at 5:02 am

In the early to mid 70s it was $1 for third run movies. It would be packed and it was one of those small shopping strip cinemas. Incredible that it would become a quad. That short bald man was definitely there from the beginning of the 70s at least. Outside of nostalgia of seeing movies during that era one of the last places you would call a cinema treasure.

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