Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas

339 River Road,
Edgewater, NJ 07020

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moviebuff82 on September 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm

It was one of its most popular theatres in the entire circuit. I wish they had sold it to Cinemark which took over the hazlet location or even Regal which is building a new movie theater where the amboy cinemas used to be. The owners of National Amusements will merge CBS with Viacom once again later this year in order to compete against the rise of streaming while box office slowly dies down.

markp on September 12, 2019 at 1:28 pm

The theatre did a great business. It was not in any danger of closing. National Amusements was given an offer they couldn’t refuse. They took the money and ran.

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on September 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

What a truly sad state of affairs that the community of Edgewater (and its surroundings) could not (or would not) help sustain this beautiful 19 year-old (????) theater with its patronage! I’ve often read that it was some of the “highway” theaters (G S 16 etc.), which provide some additional “bells and whistles” with their feature presentations, that contributed to the downward spiral of this wonderful cinema venue. Please excuse my frustration but I’m the type of person who believes that we can never have enough movies theaters, especially of the “independent” type.

moviebuff82 on August 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm

How about the 35mm projectors? I know that edgewater was one of the first if not the last to use digital projection during the late 90s and early 2000s. Ocean’s 11 was the first film to be shown digitally via technicolor for this theater and it proved to be a hit so they kept the projectors until it was closed. Wonder if someone bought the X Plus seats with atmos sound too…before the theater was demolished to make room for more houses…

markp on March 1, 2019 at 11:01 am

Today is the day of the auction at this theatre. A buddy of mine just scored an entire JBL sound system and speakers. I heard the movie screens went for $200.00. Would be curious how much the digital projectors went for.

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on December 8, 2018 at 10:09 am

This was one of my family’s favorite venues. Attended many films here. And the true shame (and perhaps I’m being a bit naive, here) is that you have a beautiful building designed specifically for film that (if rumors are true)will probably be retooled for condos (just what we need more condos!!) It’s a wonder to me that the town of Edgewater could not (or would not), seemingly support this theater with their regular attendence. Perhaps another theater chain might look into this wonderful location!

markp on November 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm

moviebuff82, I was more asking if there are any still operating as NA/showcase cinemas.

moviebuff82 on November 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

Yes. The Hazlet cinemas is the only one i can think of that became a rave cinema and now a Cinemark with recliners. The Amboy cinemas still remains but it’s barren, and the All Jersey cinemas is gone in Newark.

markp on November 17, 2018 at 4:28 am

With the closing of this theatre, are there any National Amusements/Showcase cinemas left in New jersey?

moviebuff82 on November 16, 2018 at 6:33 am

it sure lived a long life. Built as part of the megaplex boom.

optimist008 on October 12, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Heard they are building condos on the theater site. Not sure if their lease ended on it’s own or if the landlord bought out their lease…

fred1 on October 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm

The last Showcase in New Jersey.

MarkNYLA on October 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm

The theatre will cease operations on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

moviebuff82 on August 29, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Not only that but the xplus has dolby atmos and reserved seating.

markp on April 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

John, I think National left one or two houses equipped with 35mm, just in case. I worked for an independant who did the same thing when he converted. And at the Count Basie where I am projectionist, we have a christie digital and our 2 simplex reel to reel projectors. I made sure they didnt remove then.

John Fink
John Fink on April 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm

I noticed tonight Theater #8 has a 35MM projector installed along side a Sony 4K projector (platter, not reel to reel which essentially means archival prints will will not screen here). Theater #8 was one of the first in the state to feature digital projection, a few years before 3D became the driver that it was in the conversion of analog screens. (I don’t recall what system they had but National Amusements mostly standardized on Sony 4K when the circuit converted – I believe Barco supplies the tech for XPlus).

The presentation is still excellent across the board and Edgewater’s flagship XPlus auditorium has been reseated with recliners.

moviebuff82 on January 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Not too far from the theater a 7 alarm fire destroyed the Avalon complex last night.

moviebuff82 on November 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Interstellar is playing in 35mm at this theater in addition to the X Plus Atmos digital version. X Plus was installed in one of the theaters a few years ago.

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moviebuff82 on April 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Are all screens digital at this theater, John?

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 12:59 am

As their past technician, the projectionist here are great. The booth is spotless. The equipment run like brand new. The old man and the others in the booth are great. I never had any weird problems there. The operators just care about the booth like in the old days. Great Place To See A Movie!

hotwaterbottle on April 28, 2006 at 3:30 pm

Excellent place to see a film! Usually very busy with a lot of customers of all ages. Very comfortable stadium seating with great sound and projection. Recommended for anyone in the NY/NJ area.