Clearview Cinemas now owned by Bow Tie Cinemas

Note: Clearview Cinemas became Bow Tie Cinemas in 2013.

Hoboken411 bypasses ribbon, takes a look inside

10/21/2009 Update:

Taking place now over at the Hoboken Clearview Cinemas (14th & Grand), is a “media event,” where executives from Cablevision and other Hudson County politicos are gathering for “ribbon-cutting ceremony.”

Practically every Hoboken411 reader I’ve spoken to about this, said they expressed zero interest in the ribbon-cutting, who attended, and what they said. Rather, the thing they cared most about was: “How does it look inside? Is it nice?” So with that being said, here’s a quick preview of the interior of the theater.

I was pleasantly surprised when I took a look at one of the three “stadium seating” theaters – and were much bigger than I imagined (about 300 capacity). The seating was comfortable, and the room was spacious. The other two smaller venues were also not bad, with about 110 person capacity. Overall, the theater looked well done – Just the areas near the snack bars were a bit smaller than you’re used to. I can imagine it getting a bit cramped if blockbuster movies are showing.

Theater opens to the public on the 23rd, along with scheduled grand-opening events both Friday and Saturday.

But thanks again for the kind folks at Clearview for giving me the tour! Can’t wait to see a cool 3D movie there sometime soon!

10/14/2009 UPDATE:

Finally…

Grand Opening Weekend starts October 23rd

Clearview Cinemas announced that its new, five-screen movie theatre in Hoboken, New Jersey, will be open to the public starting on Friday, October 23. This state-of-the-art theatre, which is located on 14th Street between Adams and Grand Streets, will showcase the best in Hollywood, art and independent films as a premiere entertainment venue for members of the local community.

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Opening night lineup + Beer Garden!

Hoboken Cinemas will open with the following first-run films: Amelia, Astroboy, Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D, Serious Man, and Couples Retreat. The opening night celebration on October 23, called the “Friday Night Red Carpet Golden Ticket Event!,” includes live entertainment from local Hoboken artists, an Oktoberfest beer garden and wine tasting event for adults, which will be hosted outside the theatre on 14th Street from 5pm to 9pm.

The grand opening celebration continues on Saturday, October 24, from 11am to 5pm, with the “Ultrasonic Super Fantastic Family Day.” This all-day festival will include entertainment, crafts, activities and games for the whole family to enjoy. Children’s activities will include movie bingo, bubblemania, a petting zoo, pony rides and so much more.

Clearview will provide free shuttle bus service for the family day festival with stops at the 9th Street light rail station, through downtown Hoboken, at municipal garages, the Hoboken Terminal, and the ‘Park on Park’ garage at 15th Street.

In support of the local community, all proceeds from the “Friday Night Red Carpet Golden Ticket Event!,” will be donated to Hoboken’s Police Athletic League. In addition, Clearview will make contributions to two other important Hoboken youth-focused organizations, the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken and The Jubilee Center.

More about the theatre…

The 20,000-square-foot theatre is a two-level, ultramodern movie destination with state-of-the-art technology to showcase the many 3D Hollywood films. Three of the five auditoriums will have stadium seating and high quality digital projection, and each auditorium will have the latest digital sound technologies. Also, the theatre will feature many additional conveniences for its patrons, such as leather rocker seats, automated ticketing machines, a waiting room lounge, two full-service concession stands, and a private event room. Moviegoers can expect to choose from a range of films, and enjoy the comforts of a premiere cinema complex that will be easily accessible by foot, bike, car or public transportation for members of the Hoboken community and surrounding areas.

9/23/2009 Update:

Close the pod bay doors, Hal

A big milestone at Hoboken’s Clearview Cinemas recently. They finally closed the gaping hole in front – and are inching closer to the opening in late October (hopefully – keep fingers crossed).

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8/13/2009 Update:

Continuing the ongoing Hoboken411 updates of the construction progress over at the upcoming Clearview Cinemas site…

Update: Late October opening…

Got word this week that the target date for the Clearview Cinemas to open in Hoboken will be the third or fourth week in October!

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8/3/2009 Update:

No way this is opening in August!

Back in June – this very entry was updated indicating that city officials said the Clearview Cinemas in Hoboken would open up in August. Hoboken411 reader Jonathan was wondering about that, and laughed that the sign still says “spring 2009.”

6/26/2009 Update:

“Months that begin with “A” for $400, Alex”

According to city officials at the last Hoboken City Council Meeting – they expect the Clearview Cinemas to open “sometime in August.” If that holds correct, that would mean 85% of poll participants picked the wrong answer!

I just have a hunch it’ll be September too – but stranger things have happened!

6/9/2009 Update/Poll:
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When will the big screens open?

Above, is a recent picture of the Clearview Cinemas building over at 14th and Grand. Originally supposed to open “Spring 2009″ – and with Summer less than two weeks away, this is most certainly not likely.

A lot of folks have asked “when is it opening?” – and I asked the same question to Clearview, with no definitive response. Which leads us to one of today’s Hoboken411 polls!

When do you think the Theater will open??

  • September 2009 or beyond... (82%, 295 Votes)
  • August 2009 (15%, 54 Votes)
  • July 2009 (3%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 361

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3/23/2009 Update:

Rear wall almost done

Another progress report on Hoboken’s Clearview Cinemas Theater. The exterior walls are going up rather quickly – and soon enough the entire place will be coated with sticky artificial butter. I hope an artery de-clogging clinic opens up in that nearby Peachtree Hollow Commerce Center.

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2/28/2009 Update:

Construction Resumes at Clearview Cinemas

Workers have picked up the pace a bit over at Clearview Cinemas recently… Still going rather slowly, but at least they’re on the right track.

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1/16/2009 Update:

Steel rising at Clearview Cinemas

I mentioned the new movie theater in a previous thread about the adjacent Peach Tree Hollow Commerce Center, so why not update the theater thread too?

Below are two shots – the first from the SW looking NE – and the second from the NE looking SW. I still don’t understand how they’re going to cram five screens in this thing. Read my previous comments after the break, and figure out exactly how they’re going to configure this place.

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10/9/2008 Update:

Official statement from Clearview Cinemas:

“Clearview Cinemas remains on schedule with the construction of our new theatre and we are pleased with the progress being made in Hoboken. We look forward to the grand opening of this entertainment destination in 2009, as planned.”

10/8/2008 Update #2:

Apparently it’s not the theater per se (they got a sweetheart lease deal) – but rather the property adjacent to it… which is of course, an URSA/Tarragon property..

Sorry for the false alarm – but it still seems like it’s taking a while.

10/8/2008 Update:

Is the Movie Theater doomed?

Haven’t confirmed this yet – but workers at the Clearview Cinemas site packed up and left – as there has been no activity on the Movie Theater in quite a while.

Rumor on the street is that this location may be a victim of the recent financial crisis – and may have lost funding from the bank they used… Stay tuned!

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8/29/2008 Update:

Construction is not moving as quickly at the Clearview Cinemas site uptown. They’re slowly working on laying the foundation, but that’s about as exciting as it gets.

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8/7/2008:

Theaters will be SMALL!

All sorts of heavy equipment, mud and deep holes uptown as the Clearview Cinemas is now in the early stages of development.

A discussion that came up at the dog park recently was, “How small are these theaters going to be?”

The initial specs were FIVE screens, 600 capacity. Suppose it was divided evenly, you’d have 125 per theater, which would make them what, 12 rows, 10 seats? Imagine how small that would be? Or if they had a 250 seat “main theater,” that would leave four smaller theaters with 90 capacity? What are the screens going to be? 60″ Plasma TV’s?

I’d prefer a two, maybe three screen theater instead. Oh well.

So when do you think the first movie will be shown?

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6/2/2008 Video Update:

For those interested in hearing what Mayor Roberts had to say at today’s ground-breaking ceremony… check this video out..

6/2/2008 Update:

Mayor Roberts showed up and was the guest of honor at this morning Clearview Cinemas Groundbreaking Ceremony. Other city officials and VIP’s were present as well. Full video a little bit later.

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5/29/2008 Update:

Hoboken411 was invited to this Monday’s “groundbreaking” over at the upcoming Clearview Cinemas.

Clearview Hoboken Cinemas Groundbreaking Ceremony

hoboken-clearview-cinemas-theater-logo.gifJoin Clearview Cinemas, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Hoboken Mayor David Roberts and other government officials as they break ground to begin construction on Clearview’s new, five-screen theatre in Hoboken, N.J.—the first movie theatre that Clearview has ever built from the ground up. The state-of-the-art theatre will showcase the best in Hollywood, art and independent films, providing a premiere entertainment destination for members of the local community.

  • WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Clearview Hoboken Cinemas – Get a preview of the design and details of the new cinema complex
  • WHEN: Monday, June 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. – Rain or Shine
  • WHERE: Construction site on 14th Street (between Adams & Grand Streets) – Hoboken, N.J.

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(Rendering by Studio 5 Partnership Architects/Planners, LLC – Glen Rock, NJ)

12/7/2007 Update:

They started work on the structure next door to the “coming soon” movie theater. From what I recall, it will hold parking and retail businesses. Uptown residents, businesses and bars should be thrilled, right?

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8/2007 Update:

(this was previously named “Lazy Hoboken: New Theater”)

So today, I heard that Architect Alan Weissman was over inside the 14th and Grand lot taking pictures (notifying the PD that it was OK).. so I went by to see what the status of this new “theater” was… it was still a plot of unkempt grass.

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They’ll eventually start construction on the 2-story, 60 foot-high movie theater. The five screen theater will be owned by Clearview Cinemas. It’s been said that construction will be complete in one year, however, with the recent trouble involving Al Arezzo, don’t be surprised if the H.A.T.T. kicks in, and says “Spring 2009″… But one thing they have going for them is that movie theaters are generally much easier to build cookie-cutter style than a typical condo, so we’ll see!

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The flick-house is part of the Northwest Redevelopment Zone, a 22-acre plot in the northwest quadrant of town. The city council designated the western edge as a redevelopment zone by a 6-to-3 vote a few months ago and “plans” are underway for the area to include a pool and a community center (wonder how much those “plans” will change into 17 story condos….), in addition to the theater. Note that the owner of all these properties, Tarragon, has recently been in danger of bankruptcy, and trading was temporarily halted this past week. URSA claims it has the funding already in place, but that could always just be “fluff” depending on where the market heads over the next few months.

Mayor Roberts recently said that “The things schoolchildren tell me they want most is a movie theater and a swimming pool and they’re getting it.” I can only imagine every school kid at this pool. Buy stock in chlorine companies quick!

Point 1: Tarragon should understand that the sidewalks are still to be used by the public, and they should get out there ASAP to clean them up. While 14th St. isn’t highly trafficked there, it’s still uncalled for. Take care of your properties!
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Point 2: Pardon me if I’ve skimmed my notes hastily, but does anyone know what this commercial/parking lot across the street will be? A garage w/ retail? I honestly cannot remember seeing plans for this…

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7/20/2006:
Was out of town and saw this great news item about the plans for the new five-screen theater. All I hear from people is that it’s too far.

How lazy have people become? Hoboken is constrained enough, now it’s too difficult to leave the comfort of your 2 square block area? It’s sickening that people complain about stuff, then never do anything about it. You’d be amazed at what you see once you walk around town a lot.

Cosmetic surgery, implants, artificially colored teeth, yet some people are too lethargic to walk their fat-asses to a theater? Get real! It’s free exercise!

5-screen theater for Hoboken

Break out the popcorn, movies may be returning to the Mile Square City.

Mayor David Roberts says he’s reached an agreement with the developers in the Northwest Redevelopment Area to build a five-screen theater on 14th Street between Grand and Adams streets.

The theater – which could open as early as next summer – would be the city’s first moviehouse since Hudson Street Cinemas closed last fall.

“This is the biggest single issue people have called me on,” Roberts said. “Our residents are going to have a theater in town, in walking distance.”

Since plans for the movie theater were not part of the original 1998 redevelopment plan, the City Council is expected to vote on the zoning change at its August meeting.

Fred Bado, director of community development, said it will be a two-story, 600-seat theater, roughly 200 feet wide and 50 to 60 feet long.

Ursa/Tarragon, the developer in the Northwest, will build the theater and then rent it to an operator.

Michael Sciarra, a principal of Ursa/Tarragon, said he is in negotiations with a major company that operates theaters in New Jersey and New York, and that the theater will likely include restaurant and retail offerings.

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