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This theater is very family oriented these days and usually runs the most current G or PG movies to attract all of the kids. They also frequently have personalized children’s birthday messages on the marquis.
I remember the Linwood Theater well but can’t recall exactly when it closed down. The last films I recall seeing there are Pink Floyd-The Wall and Creepshow which were both released in 1982. I was just a kid then but I remember this being my family’s favorite theater for while. We would see a movie and have dinner at the nearby Red Oak diner which is still open and is a great classic NJ diner.
The Linwood Park apartments are there and the Linwood Shopping center still exists. As mentioned above, the theater building is now a CVS but I don’t believe the building was completely demolished. You can still imagine the general shape of a movie theater from the outside and you can still see the multiple fire exit doors on the side and rear. The CVS sign is now in the place of the original marquis out by the street.
In the 1970s and early 80s this theater was a great alternative to the crowds of the Paramus theaters on Rt 4 and Rt 17. Films shown there were not always the very first run but they were well ahead of the second-run houses such as the Rialto in Ridgefield Park. The Secaucus and Ridgefield Park Loews theaters did not exist yet so other than the local drive-ins (which were fading fast at this point) there were not many alternatives in this part of Bergen County at this time, early 1980s.
They also had this very unique, psychedelic color floating bubble effect type of image on the screens in between the shows. This was before the days of movie ads during the walk-in of course. Can you imagine today a theater “wasting” any visual space on non-advertisement images?
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Does anyone recall the old Linwood Theater in Fort Lee? I did not see that one listed here. The whole building is now a CVS. During the time between films they had this strange image on the screen that looked like colored liquid bubbles, sort of oval shaped going across horizontally. This was years and years before computer screen savers but that’s what it looked like.
This is one of the original movie house gems of Bergen County and should not be missed by any true fan of old theaters. The Rialto closed in the late 80s for a number of years and was almost lost. It reopened in the 1990s as one of the only Indian-only film venues in the state. It was a niche audience but it allowed the theater to remain standing during dark times for old movie houses. It could have very well been turned into a CVS right around the same time the Ridgefield Park Loews opened up in the Meadowlands. A few years ago they closed again and went through a beautiful restoration to reopen as a single screen, independent film house.
Due to lack of business, this theater had to drop their regular admission price to attract customers a year or two ago. Last time I checked it was only $6. It is also a great way to see first run films in a large theater without the major crowds.
In 1980 I saw the AC/DC concert film “Let there be Rock” at this theater. It was more of a full-blown concert experience than a concert film. There were T-Shirts and programs being sold outside and in the lobby and the admission tickets were printed out like concert tickets. There was also quite a bit of smoking going on in the audience despite the “No Smoking” sign. (wink wink)