Bellevue Cinema 4

260 Bellevue Avenue,
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

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Bellevue Cinema 4

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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 in the 1980’s, 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

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BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on October 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I’ve just uploaded a two page article from September 1923 in the photos section.

RHETT52
RHETT52 on March 26, 2016 at 6:18 am

Saw “My Fair Lady” in Oct. it was presented letterboxed in a 1:85 flatscreen. They didn’t correct the projector settings.

Cinerama
Cinerama on April 4, 2016 at 11:49 am

Ads for Windjammer and This is Cinerama – http://incinerama.com/bellevue1.htm

Coate
Coate on August 24, 2017 at 11:50 am

The overview mentions: “United Artists triplexed the theatre in the 1980’s, and an independent operator converted it into a quad.” Does anyone have a more specific timeframe for when these screen-count renovations took place?

shany94
shany94 on November 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Supposedly closing on Sunday, Nov. 12

https://baristanet.com/2017/11/rumors-true-upper-montclairs-iconic-bellevue-theater-close-says-bow-tie-cinemas/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 16, 2017 at 8:13 am

There’s a petition going on change.org 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
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
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; montclairhistory.org or FriendsOfAndersonPark.com.

MSC77
MSC77 on December 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

Here is an article about the closing of the Bellevue.

MSC77
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?

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