Out of towners to visit Movie Theater?
Would you drive into Hoboken for our tiny theater?
If you had the intestinal fortitude to sit through the latest City Council meeting on October 21, 2009 – you’d know that an extensive amount of time was spent discussing parking spots surrounding the Clearview Cinemas, which officially opens up tonight. Many assumptions were made that “people will come to Hoboken’s theater.”
Additionally, arguments ensued that it wasn’t Hoboken’s responsibility to give two craps about whether parking was available around the theater, since the project was approved, it was deemed a “residential” and “walking” theater, not one that was built to cater to out-of-towners and their cars and SUV’s.
After much thought, I remembered that each surrounding town already has larger, multi-screen theaters, along with ample parking (such as Jersey City, Edgewater, North Bergen, etc.) So what towns will people be coming from exactly?
Furthermore – a brand new FOURTEEN screen theater (LA Theaters Showplace 14) just opened last week in nearby Secaucus, NJ – a mere FIVE minutes from Hoboken. So other than perhaps a few Jersey City Heights residents walking from the 9th Street Light Rail elevator, I don’t imagine how Hoboken’s theater would ever be considered a “destination” for anyone else, unless they already had “dinner and a movie” type plans (i.e., first dates, etc.)
Do you think many out-of-towners would suffer through Hoboken parking nightmares to see a movie?