The clear view has made way for something more formal—Bow-Tie Cinemas, a four generation, family-owned business and the oldest cinema company in the U.S., has acquired Clearview Cinemas from Cablevision Company. This includes Montclair’s Clairidge Clearview Cinema and Belluvue Theater, which are now called Clairidge Cinema and Bellevue Cinema 4. Bow-Tie Cinemas says it brings “Style and Elegance” back to the movie going experience.
Bow-Tie Cinemas owned and operated 22 movie theaters with 177 screens in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Virginia. They add 41 theaters to their company with this acquisition. Bow Tie says it intends to make a substantial investment in the newly acquired Clearview theaters, including Chelsea Cinemas, to fund key upgrades that are designed to enhance the movie-going experience for customers, including: digital projection and 3D installations, concession stand upgrades, decorative improvements, and point of sale technology that will allow Bow-Tie to enhance its customer loyalty programs.
Fans of the Clairidge’s indies, foreign and art films will be relieved. Joseph Masher, Bow-Tie’s Chief Operating Officer told Baristanet, “We absolutely are committed to independent and foreign film at the Clairidge and many of our other theater locations.”
Montclair’s Clearview Cinemas were an integral part of the Montclair Film Festival. Baristanet asked Thom Powers, MFF’s artistic director, how he feels about the change. “We had a wonderful relationship with Clearview and hope to continue that with Bow Tie. We’re excited by their plans to upgrade theaters with new digital equipment. That’s great news for film lovers in Montclair.”