Goodbye Clearview Cinemas, Hello Bow-Tie Cinemas

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (12)

Bow-Tie CinemasThe 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.”


  1. POSTED BY whippersnapper  |  July 10, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    It will be interesting to see what they do with Bellevue Cinema. That place has looked exactly the same (with the exception of moving the ticket counter) for most of my life. Hopefully sound & picture is upgraded as well. Looking forward to see what they have in store for montclair!

  2. POSTED BY mtc4life  |  July 10, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    They did update the seats in the 2 theaters on the first level, they are quite nice

  3. POSTED BY kkgr  |  July 10, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Hooray! Will they take care of the bed bugs? I still won’t go there after reading that.

  4. POSTED BY montclairdad  |  July 10, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    Just saw WWZ at a Bow-Tie Cinema in South Orange the other day. The employees were friendly and courteous, but the theater itself was nothing special. Maybe it just switched ownership hands and they haven’t implemented any changes yet. Aside from deciding that very day to stop selling Slush Puppies and begin selling the dreaded Icee. 🙁

  5. POSTED BY huh_wha  |  July 10, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    If you have any leftover Clearview “VIP” passes, I was told that Bowtie will be accepting them for another little while. Unfortunately, Bowtie sells discount passes only in “corporate incentive” lots of 50, so $350 for a package of 50 passes. On the OTHER other hand, Bowtie charges only $6 for all admissions on Tuesdays!

  6. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  July 10, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Let’s hope they remodel the Clairidge into something resembling a movie theater. Maybe reduce the number of screens back down to three. Some of those sideways shoeboxes are ridiculous. Maybe they all are. I’ve only been in there once since it became a sixplex. Enough to turn me away ever since.

  7. POSTED BY cathar  |  July 10, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    I just pray Bow-Tie maintains the same adventurous booking policy. This really is one nice thing about Montclair, that one can see movies that can be found nowhere else in NJ.

    And unmitigatedgall, reconfiguring the theater back into a triplex would cut the number of such offerings in half. You therefore don’t sound like much of a true movie buff. Plus, it remains easy to create one’s own, uh, “double feature.”

  8. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  July 10, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    Cathar, I’m not a movie buff because I want to see them in a quality presentation? That makes about as much sense as your usual ramblings.

  9. POSTED BY cathar  |  July 10, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    No one, unmitigatedgall, who suggests cutting the number of available screens anywhereis a movie buff. As for those “quality surroundings,” most of the movies playing at the Claridge would not in fact benefit much from them. (Have you seen “Frances Ha,” for example?) Most aren’t even in digital format, I’d bet. (Because of budgetary concerns.)

    That you don’t like my, ah, “ramblings” is of no real matter. You simply sound like a garden variety cranky poster on this site. But if you really want “quality surroundings,” then watch whatever is playing in IMAX this week at Clifton Commons. There’s also still a very nice drive-in up in Middletown, NY you might like.

  10. POSTED BY Debbie Galant  |  July 10, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    Remember when you could see art house movies at the Clairidge, the Wellmont and the Screening Zone?

  11. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  July 11, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Debbie, my favorite Wellmont movie memory was when they re-released Star Wars had to be the late 90’s, it was before they divided the place up so it was huge inside. My son was probably 6 at the time. Literally not a person in the place except us, the opening scene comes on and the next thing you know the usher is waking us up. The two of us slept through the entire movie didn’t see more than a minute.

  12. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  July 11, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    cathar, YOU are calling ME a garden variety cranky poster on this site? LOL

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