486 Bloomfield Avenue,
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The Clairidge (Official)
Styles: Mission Revival
Previous Names: Clairidge Theatre, Clairidge Triple Cinema, Clairidge Cinemas
News About This Theater
- Mar 31, 2013 — "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements
- Jun 18, 2010 — "Jaws"... Happy 35th!
- May 14, 2010 — Please Post Today, May 14 --- "Jaws," Happy 35th
- Dec 12, 2008 — Remembering Cinerama (Part 15: Northern New Jersey)
The Clairidge Theatre opened as a deluxe movie palace in 1922. All seats were on one level–no balcony, and the house featured a Wurlitzer 2 manual, 10 ranks organ (now at the Paramount in Middletown, NY). By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. In the 1960’s the Clairidge Theatre became a Cinerama house (there are historic photos in the lobby). Divided into a triplex on May 13, 1983, and from April 4, 1997 a six-plex, the current Clairidge Cinemas is housed in a metal ‘box’ in the original theatre.
In the HVAC room off of the projection booth, I discovered a hatch in the ceiling. After climbing the ladder through the hatch, I was in shock when I saw that the original theatre is still almost 100% intact!! There is some damage to the proscenium and organ screens from the metal ‘box’ described above, and someone stole some of the stained glass light fixtures ringing the ceiling dome, but otherwise the theatre is all still there and can be restored in the future!
It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Renovations were being carried out in June 2021. It reopened on October 22, 2021 by the non-profit Montclair Film as The Clairidge.
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