Washington Township Cinemas

249 Pascack Road,
Washington Township, NJ 07675

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The Washington Cinema was opened on September 2, 1966 with Cary Grant in “Walk, Don’t Run”. It was an anchor of the Washington Town Center shopping plaza. Divided into three screens in the 1980’s, Clearview Cinemas recently remodeled the theatre in the 2000’s and added new seats. In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over, when they took most Clearview locations. It was closed in September 2016. A new operator to took over and it reopened November 3, 2016. Another victim of the coronavirus pandemic, the theater permanently closed in March, 2020 and is reportedly being converted into a self-storage facility.

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oknazevad on September 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm

Sudden developments here. The sign out front says its under new management and temporarily closed, while the theatre Is no longer listed on the Bow Tie website. No news I can see about it anywhere.

optimist008 on September 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Maybe a building permit has been filed by the new operators for renovation work. Or possibly the shopping center owners or management company, or local media may have some info. Wonder why Bow Tie did not renew their lease???

fred1 on September 17, 2016 at 6:30 am

I’ve heard that the new operator is David Vivian, operator of the Darian Playhouse in Ct. , and the West Hampton Arts Twin

moviebuff82 on September 17, 2016 at 7:21 am

That name sounds familiar, he used to run a lot of older movie theaters in NJ that were closed down…I hope they put in recliners and keep prices where they are.

mhvbear on September 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

A theater can not install recliners and keep the prices the same. It cuts the seating by at least 50% or more and to keep the profits up the ticket prices have to be increased. I for one hope the recliner is a passing phase in movie theaters.

moviebuff82 on October 22, 2016 at 6:18 am

the website is wtcinemas.com. Theater will reopen on November 3rd.

oknazevad on November 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm

There’s really nothing to see of the venue that Google StreetView doesn’t already show. It really is just a tiny storefront entrance with a blue sign that reads “Cinema”. That’s in part because until two years or so ago the township mandated that all stores in the shopping plaza that the cinema is at one end of have signs of the identical blue font and size.

More importantly the passive-aggressive tone is obnoxious.

moviebuff82 on February 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

This theater showed mostly Universal movies akin to what Cinema 35 showed during the 1980s.

Lindsey B
Lindsey B on November 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm

@rivest266 Thanks so much for posting that! What a great find. I’m one of the managers at Washington Township Cinemas and I’ve been trying to find some old photos of the theatre. This is great!

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