MontClairVoyant: Yes, I Also Discussed the Bellevue Last Week, So This Is A Double Feature

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DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
One alleged reason for the Bellevue Theatre’s dismaying shutdown is that it wasn’t getting enough business. If true, and I’m not sure it is, why didn’t the beloved movie house publicize this months ago?

Sincerely,
Sending Out an SOS (Not)

Montclair’s community-minded residents would have responded by going to the Bellevue in droves, creating lines stretching to the North Pole — with those lines doubling as a better-than-breadcrumbs trail south for Santa.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
No past public plea makes me wonder (not the film “Wonder”) if there’s sadly something else in mind for that lovely tudor building. But many people are trying to bring a movie house back to that space, right?

Sincerely,
I.M. Grateful

True — check out “Save Montclair’s Historic Bellevue Theatre” on Facebook! I do wonder (not the film “Wonder”) where Santa would hang a one-night parking permit after arriving in Montclair. On Rudolph’s nose?

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Can’t we think about Thanksgiving first? You know, November 23, the date of this column?

Sincerely,
Or I’ll Spill Gravy On You

November 23 is also the date, in 1165, when Pope Alexander III returned from Roman exile and got in line near Alexander Avenue for a Bellevue film.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Um…didn’t the Bellevue open in 1922?

Sincerely,
President Harding

If Pope Alexander III had waited till then, he’d have been further back in line — perhaps on the Montclair State campus, where he could also take some swings in Yogi Berra Stadium.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Um…Yogi was born in 1925. Speaking of messing with history, developer Steven Plofker told the Planning Board he may want a zoning change to put medical offices in some stately old Claremont Avenue homes. How depressing is THAT?

Sincerely,
Dee Deductible

I wonder (not the film “Wonder”) if “Doctor Zhivago” was shown at the Bellevue in 1965. And if Dr. Z can prescribe antidepressants.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Montclair already has many medical offices near Mountainside hospital and elsewhere. Meanwhile, there’s talk of a memorial for the historic Washington Street Y on the site where Bullock School now stands. Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Y. Itt-Earp

Nice to honor a place used by so many African-American residents. (My older daughter used it, too.) I wish that Y could’ve been saved and a school built elsewhere, but at least Bullock is the 12th-best-looking of Montclair’s 11 public schools.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
I wonder (not the film “Wonder”) why many Montclair buildings start with “B”? The Bellevue, Bullock, Bradford, Buzz, Blenfield, Benaissance, Bishuane, Billside, Bedgemont, Bortheast, Batchung, Bontclair Bigh…

Sincerely,
Bonald Brump

Okay, YOU clearly need a therapist’s office in one of those Claremont homes.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Aren’t those Claremont structures striking?

Sincerely,
Un-Trump-like Vocabulary

Striking structures? Only homes on Union Street occasionally walk off the job. And anything goes on Management Street — as we saw with the Bellevue Theatre.

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

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