Cranford Theater

25 North Avenue W,
Cranford, NJ 07016

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ridethectrain on November 11, 2021 at 6:24 pm

Please update, it was twin March 31, 1978 by RKO Theatres. No Grand opening ad. Cineplex Odeon bought RKO Century in 1987. Please add RKO and RKO Century as previous owners

jeffpiatt on October 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm Looks like they went under independent ownership.

Guodone on September 24, 2020 at 11:11 am

The Cranford Theater was a few towns over from where I lived. I saw a few movies there but Alien is the only one I remember. A nice single theater that eventually went the way of the ‘split’.

markp on September 25, 2019 at 4:38 am

I saw on facebook this morning a local article that the theatre will reopen in November with new seats and carpet. Did not state the name of the company who will run it.

walterk on September 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

I Can’t believe they started moving things out while there were still patrons in the theatre for a special showing of “Fried Green Tomatoes”

A local article about the closing can be read here, the “tapinto” link within will lead to a picture of an employee on a ladder changing the marquee to read “closed.”

A final note on the Cranford’s Wurlitzer: an old comment mentions it was opus 1468, installed October 10, 1926. Adding to that, it was a 2 manual style 190, with 8 ranks.

markp on September 6, 2019 at 9:36 am

Theatre closed as of Wednesday the 4th. Same issue that closed the Rialto in Westfield NJ.

julianatheaterbuff on July 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Was in town visiting a boyfriend and i mention to him what a nice town he said theres even a ‘'theatre’‘ thats all it took and had him drive me by and there it was it a nice gem in a town thats preserves places like this how wonderful CRANFORD is ;)

jeffpiatt on February 5, 2018 at 1:51 am

New vision has rebranded this theater as “New Vision Theatres Cranford Theatre”

FrankieattheMovies on August 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

great theater saw lots of movies there from the 90s till now. i remember being a twin cinema. I happen to see the last movie when they had only 2 screens twin cinema in 1998 before it closed to turn into a 5 screen theater and reopen in july 1998. I was there when it reopen in july 1998. Its a nice theater one of my favorites!

moviebuff82 on June 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

Wow. The current parent company of this theater also owns other theaters that AMC had to divest upon the acquisition of Carmike due to proximity to AMC’s own theaters.

The_Batman_Professor on June 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

First film I saw at this theater was STAR TREK III. Also saw RE-ANIMATOR here – what a blast!

crazyformovies on January 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm

great theater saw lots of movies there

markp on March 5, 2016 at 5:46 am

I can see this theatre closing once AMC assumes control of it after the Carmike purchase is complete.

walterk on July 7, 2015 at 7:47 am

I’ve just uploaded an ad for opening night in 1926, which took place a week after the 534 seat Cranford Theatre closed. A local civic minded group known as the Cranford Booster Club initiated a movement to convince the owners of the new theatre to rename it the Cranford. They were successful and the New Branford became the New Cranford on January 27, 1927, with some fanfare. I’m also uploading a photo I took while passing through town last week.

robboehm on July 6, 2015 at 8:12 am

The Wurlitzer organ was reported to have cost $15,000.

I’ve uploaded a picture from which shows the theater for the brief period it was the Branford.

rivest266 on August 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

This is now taken over by Carmike Cinemas. Now they have cinemas in the three largest markets in the USA (NYC-LA-Chicagoland)

Cinemasavvy on July 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

All screens now digital.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

The only house in New Jersey playing the ballet Esmerelda performed by the Bolshoi Ballet.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

Now owned by the Digiplex Destinations chain.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

1967 “BONNIE and CLYDE” wonder if it was first run or hit the drive-in first.I heard in some parts it was booked right into Drive-ins then Caught Fire and it in the indoor Theatres,this from an old Prpjectionist that said it happened to him.

joker on June 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

great theater seen alot of movies there. i remember when they closed during the renovations i saw Major League:Back to the Minors one of the two movies which was playing when they closed for renvations. Then i remember them open back up and got to see Armageddon, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Patriot, Shrek and many more.

shany94 on July 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm

I remember the clock in Theater One at least, used that to deduce that it took Alec Baldwin 45 minutes to re-adopt his costumed alter ego in “The Shadow” in 1994. Saw “Jurassic Park” here the prior year and recall what an experience that was, every seat was filled and the ticket line went down the street. Haven’t been here since “Swimming Pool” in 2003 or so.

jeanneclaire on January 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm

I practically grew up in that theater, I remember the beautiful chandelier, I used to stare at it before the Saturday Matinees used to start. :-D (1960s). Standing in a very long line outside the theater to see “Help” and “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Yellow Submarine”, oh you name the movie, I was there weekly. Love that old photo with “Bonnie and Clyde” on the marquee (which I saw there too!) I was literally sick when they made the theater into two screens, and now it’s five screens? Wow! I’m in Texas now, but I dearly miss my old hometown of Cranford, and my favorite theater of all time.

almcgrath on July 12, 2007 at 12:11 am

Correction to my previous posting: the one screen was split into two screens in the 1980’s.