Bellevue Cinema 4

260 Bellevue Avenue,
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

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Bellevue Cinema 4

The Bellevue Theatre opened May 13 1922 in a former horse stable. The building is in a Tudor style, as is most of that section of town. United Artists triplexed the theatre on December 16, 1983, and an independent operator converted it into a quad, destroying all original design. Clearview took over in the 1990’s. In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over, as it took most of Clearview’s locations.

The Bow-Tie Bellevue Cinema 4 was suddenly closed on November 12, 2017, as the lease was due to expire on November 30. Locals are hoping the owner of the building will find a new operator.

Contributed by Joe Masher

Recent comments (view all 53 comments)

shany94 on November 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Supposedly closing on Sunday, Nov. 12

moviebuff82 on November 16, 2017 at 8:13 am

There’s a petition going on for the theatre to come back. I hope the theater finds new life. It was featured on the local channel 2 news two nights ago.

vindanpar on November 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

I’m not sure what the point is of holding onto these theaters after they are multiplexed.

This was a great cinema at one time and a splendid place to see 70MM. Wish I had seen Sound of Music here during its two year run but I was too young. Got to see though the 70MM GWTW and Sleeping Beauty.

But when they carve it up into shoeboxes and you can see a movie just as well on a large screen TV I don’t get the love. If it could be restored then yes. But it’s not going to happen,

AndersonPark on December 9, 2017 at 8:20 am

A slide show on the history of the recently-closed Bellevue Theater in Upper Montclair, N.J., is coming up on Jan. 17, 2018. Details:

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at 7 p.m. THE BELLEVUE THEATER: FADE TO BLACK OR DOUBLE FEATURE? From the days of silent movies to digital projectors, the Bellevue has played a prominent cultural role in Montclair and is an architectural anchor of the Upper Montclair business district. This slide show chronicles this theater’s development, explores how Montclair came to have three major movie houses operating at once, and what the future might hold for the Bellevue as it nears its centennial. Sponsored by the Montclair History Center and presented by Lisanne Renner, historian for Friends of Anderson Park. Suggested donation: $5. At the Montclair History Center’s Crane House and Historic YWCA, lower level Founders’ Room, 110 Orange Road, Montclair; or

MSC77 on December 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

Here is an article about the closing of the Bellevue.

MSC77 on December 14, 2017 at 10:43 am

Anyone have Bellevue playdates from the 1960s? In particular, did “Camelot” play its North New Jersey roadshow run all the way up to the June ‘68 opening of “Doctor Dolittle” or were there other bookings in between?

moviebuff82 on February 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Finally some good news!!!

rivest266 on July 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm

3 screens on December 16th, 1983. Grand opening ad posted. Also known as Bell3vue for a very short time.

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on October 25, 2019 at 10:44 am

I may be wrong, but every time I drive pass the Bellvue there seems to be some activity on the marquee re: a re-opening. Any up-dates as to when or if this might be happening?

walterk on September 3, 2020 at 10:37 am

Plans to reopen the Bellevue were announced last January, an article in the Montclair Local laying out plans can be viewed here. The plan calls for adding 2 screens bringing the total to 6, but with 400 less seats total than previously, to accommodate an indoor/outdoor bar on the first floor and a restaurant on the second. In addition, more restrooms and an elevator will be added. Theatres will range from 42 to 106 seats. Six of the seven partners in the project are from Montclair, currently plans have not finished working their way through the zoning board.

last week the Local ran an article mentioning the current status of the project.

The developers do have a website for those interested:

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