MontClairVoyant: Much to Say About Montclair in May

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
The historic Bellevue movie theater might reopen this fall or early next year. Thrilled?

Sincerely,
Tudor To-Do

Thrilled! And the current ownership thankfully has a nice but less-upscale vision for the building than the previous group, who I feared would show the film “2021: A Gentrification Odyssey.”

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Kudos to theater president Doreen Sayegh, theater owner Jesse Sayegh, Montclair resident Ilmar Vanderer, and others working to revive the Bellevue! Great timing, too, because isn’t the 2017-shuttered cinema turning 100 in 2022?

Sincerely,
Ann A. Versary

Yes! When that centennial happens, I’ll bring out the 1922 tub of now-petrified popcorn my grandparents bequeathed me along with a stack of silver dollars to defray dental costs.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
In other show-biz news, the Vanguard Theater Company is scheduled to open its new theater at 180 Bloomfield Avenue the weekend of June 4. How good is that?

Sincerely,
N. Tertainment

Very good, especially in a town that lost Luna Stage, 12 Miles West, and the Whole Theater during the past few decades. Fortunately, Studio Playhouse is still around, and has an enormous snack bar next door. Oops, that’s the ACME supermarket.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Getting back to reopenings, a local task force has been formed to help with the details surrounding a full-time return to in-person learning this September in Montclair. Will the group be useful?

Sincerely,
Seeking Normal Avenue

Most likely, and education expert Debra Jennings is an inspired choice to chair it. COVID disrupted learning routines, so a giant brick-piercing syringe is being constructed to vaccinate all 11 of our town’s public-school buildings.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Don’t needle your readers with fake news. Meanwhile, federal relief money that’s coming down the pipeline will also help to reopen schools and end partly remote instruction. What will it mean when hybrid is banished from Montclair?

Sincerely,
From Online to Offline

What!? They’ll have to pry my Prius key fob from my not-cold, not-dead hands.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Speaking of education, the MFEE is holding its Clash of the Quaranteams fund-raising event this Sunday, May 23. Comment?

Sincerely,
Not Joe Strummer’s Clash

Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence events are always imaginative and impressive, and lots of this year’s money will support racial-equity work. Also, don’t forget that the patent for the accordion was granted on a May 23 (in 1829).

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Weird non sequitur. This past Saturday, May 15, saw two great happenings: the Black Art Collective event at Nishuane Park, and Montclair’s first Disability Pride Parade. Isn’t our town quite a place to live?

Sincerely,
Hugh Manistic

It is! And don’t forget that sometime, somewhere on the 15th, someone in Montclair might have played the accordion.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Lest we end today’s column on too serious a note, did your grandparents also bequeath you a 1922 box of Milk Duds for a 2022 movie snack?

Sincerely,
Sugar, Sugar

They did, even though Milk Duds weren’t invented until a few years later. Meaning that brand of candy had fewer calories in 1922.

 

 

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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4 COMMENTS

  1. Looking forward to the promised “live” operas at the re-opened Bellevue!
    “The Opera Addict”

  2. Yes, “live”, whether at Bellevue, Anderson, Vanguard, Studio, Seymour, Nishuane, MHS, etc. – is Montclair’s differentiator. Clunky description, but a play on life & live entertainment (Live & live) could be a full-spectrum, 4-season, multi-venue marketing monster.

  3. Thank you for the comment, Jussi. It does sound like there are great and varied things planned for the Bellevue!

  4. Frank, Montclair indeed has a number of present and future entertainment venues/options — inside and outside, live and “live” (on a screen).

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