Out of towners to visit Movie Theater?

10/23/2009:

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.”

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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?

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31 Comments on "Out of towners to visit Movie Theater?"

jessielynne
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jessielynne

i really hope it succeeds – i’m looking forward to having the option in town. for locals it’s great – but, i know it would need more than just hoboken residents to frequent it to realistically survive. i think some other towns – weehawken, some parts of jersey city, even some parts of edgewater that are closer to hoboken than their cinemas – would check it out if it has good movies and hours… i hope!

elainetyger
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elainetyger

I would be for the parking meters only if they use ripped out ones from Sinatra Drive where only a bunch of inbred morons would have approved them.

justaview
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justaview

I think they already removed them!

In response to elainetyger who said:
I would be for the parking meters only if they use ripped out ones from Sinatra Drive where only a bunch of inbred morons would have approved them.

plywood
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plywood

I saw them removed. The whole time they had a boom box blasting Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter”.

In response to justaview who said:
I think they already removed them!

realstuff
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realstuff

We need this entertainment occupancy. The new mayor and our governing body have to make it work. Hire pros and/or listen to our volunteer civic minded citizens to help solve the problems of parking and surroundings. It is here now and it can work. It’s about time that we have some confidence in the public’s ability to get our elected officials to do things right!

tubes
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tubes

Since this is a Clearview theater, it is part of the “Optimum Rewards” program.
http://www.optimumrewards.com/whatare.do?q=4#q4
The free movie night is likely to bring folks to town. The discount on other nights might be enough for someone to decide on Hoboken instead of Edgewater for a movie.

tdolby42
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tdolby42

I remember going to see kill bill at the old movie theater and it was just me and my wife. It was like having your own private screening room.

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