Wellmont Theatre

5 Seymour Street,
Montclair, NJ 07042

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Wellmont Theatre

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The Wellmont Theatre was built in 1922 as a legitimate theatre and converted into a motion picture theatre in 1929. The original entrance on the main avenue was 400 Bloomfield Avenue.

By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. In 1951, it was listed with a seating capacity of 2,137. In the 1970’s, the theatre was triplexed and the entry was moved around the corner to the lobby’s former emergency exit. The original lobby then became a diner. The largest auditorium is the balcony theatre. Two auditoriums with smaller screens were created in the former orchestra seating.

The Westmont Theatre closed in 2006. In 2008, it was reported that the theatre was sold and the new owners were working on a plan to reopen it for concerts and other events. In 2008, as part of the renovations, the Wellmont Theatre became a single screen again, with the removal of the triplexing. The Wellmont Theatre reopened November 1, 2008, as a concert venue.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Reserved Seating: 1916 (Main 800, Stage 92, Balcony 1024)

Standees: 2561 (Main 1445, Stage 92, Balcony 1024)

Banquet: 590 (Main 498, Stage 92, Balcony 0)

markp
markp on February 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Tinseltoes, I usually dont differ with people here on CT, but I work here on occassion as a stagehand. The actual number of fixed seats in the building is probably correct at the top, because only the balcony has fixed seats. The entire orchestra is flat concrete used mostly for standing room. If a show comes in requiring seats, they set up portable chairs.

markp
markp on February 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

Tinseltoes, no need to be sorry. You are one of the more knowledgeable people on this site. I enjoy all your postings about things that happened 40, 50, 60 years ago. I only know this from working there. Otherwise, I would have thought the same like you did.

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on August 3, 2014 at 1:32 am

This week in the Montclair Times the Wellmont theater will be placed on sale with a price tag of $6.7 million in the next few weeks…All concern seemed to express the continued need of a theater venue in the town.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

i hope someone buys it since the competition is the NJPac in Newark.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

According to the venue’s website. Yes, I looked at, what a bloody novel idea, this place to be alive and well and hosting events.

Your inconstancy is mind-numbing. One venue you’re holding a death watch over, this one you’re hoping remains open.

If one didn’t know better, they would think that one would just be posting so they can have a higher number next to their name for comments as though there’s a prize involved and not really bringing anything of use and value to the site.

markp
markp on May 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm

As someone who works here on occasion to load in/out shows, I can tell you this place does huge business. But oh what a pain in the a** to load gear in.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm

thanks for your insight markp. Is there any reason why someone might think it’s for sale?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Pinnacle cos. bought the theater and will renovate it.

iatse311
iatse311 on July 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

http://www.njbiz.com/article/20150722/NJBIZ01/150729918/montclairs-pinnacle-cos-buys-historic-theater-will-close-it-until-sept-for-renovations

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