Emerson Quad

344 Kinderkamack Road,
Emerson, NJ 07630

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Previously operated by: Clearview Cinemas, Nelson-Ferman Theaters

Previous Names: Town Theatre

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The Town Theatre opened January 12, 1966 with Dirk Bogarde in “Darling”. The theatre is a shopping center ‘box’ from the 1960’s. When built, it was an identical twin to the Town Theatre in New City, NY (about 10 miles north-now New City Cinema 6). Unlike New City, which has been extensively renovated, the Emerson was quadded on May 12, 1989 and has its original wood paneled lobby.

Operated by Clearview Cinemas, it was closed in early-2010 and converted briefly to retail use. By the end of 2010, it had been converted to retail space.

Contributed by Joe Masher

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

John Fink
John Fink on November 12, 2010 at 10:37 am

closed, demolished….and not missed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 24, 2010 at 11:11 am

JOHN.Wow,what a Story.Would not have happened at the Theatres I managed.NO way.

John Fink
John Fink on December 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

It was run by Clearview – while it was shocking to me then in retrospect nothing shocks me about that chain, they have such little regard for the customer experience (including proper masking/projection) – they actually for a little while got better, but I have many stories about how notoriously crappy their theaters are. I can forgive a small mom and pop operator or a small chain for inconsistencies from time to time, but Clearview is a major chain (that runs crappy theaters built on the cheap) AND charges first run prices that are equal to and in most cases more than the large national chains that offer better amenities.

Quick proof how downright evil they are: the Clairidge in Montclair FOR ONE WEEK ONLY had decided to eliminate matinee, senior (the majority of their audience I’d guesstimate), and child pricing – all seats, all times $10.50. After bad publicity they revered the policy the next week.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Glad I Got of the Business in 83. Merry Christmas.

lfreimauer on January 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

If it were not for the “seniors”, the place would have closed years ago.

reluctantpopstar on August 31, 2016 at 12:33 am

Many, many, many visits here in the late 70’s and early ‘80s. It was a single screen at that time. Second run house, $2 a ticket. I remember the old gent that tore the tickets very well. Very short and bald. Probably went there once a month for five years.

vindanpar on March 12, 2017 at 3:02 am

In the early to mid 70s it was $1 for third run movies. It would be packed and it was one of those small shopping strip cinemas. Incredible that it would become a quad. That short bald man was definitely there from the beginning of the 70s at least. Outside of nostalgia of seeing movies during that era one of the last places you would call a cinema treasure.

moax429 on August 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm

I remember seeing an encore of the original “Ghostbusters” at this theater in August 1984.

Somehow, I’m sorry I didn’t go see it again at the Route 4 Tenplex or out in Totowa. Whereas those theaters had Dolby Stereo (and in the case of the Route 4, 70mm), the Emerson Quad auditorium I saw “Ghostbusters” in was 35mm and monaural. And instead of playing songs from the movie’s soundtrack album upon entering and leaving, they played a record by The Magic Organ.

How tacky was that? I’m glad to hear this cinema is no longer! (And if and when I make another return visit to Jersey down the road, I’ll be sure to avoid all Clearview locations. Thanks for the warning, John Fink – I feel sorry that happened to you!)

rivest266 on November 11, 2018 at 8:42 am

This opened as the Town on January 12th, 1966. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on December 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Became a Quad cinema on May 12th, 1989. Ad in photo section

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