Theater's Closing Postponed for a Few Weeks

Clearview Cinema open 'until further notice.'

There was much surprise in the community with the news of the closing of Clearview Cinema Headquarters after Bow Tie Cinemas of Ridgefield, Conn. announced it purchased 41 Clearview Cinema theaters from Cablevision. But area cinema-goers will get to enjoy Clearview for at least a few more weeks.

"Bow Tie Cinemas will be acquiring substantially all of Clearview Cinemas movie theaters, however the Morristown theater is not being acquired," said Kelly McAndrew, Cablevision's spokeswoman. "The lease on that facility is expiring and will not be renewed." 

However, according to Christopher Beattie, Bow Tie spokeman, this quick closure of Clearview Cinema Headquarters is not what the company hoped for.

"The lease on the Morristown theater ends shortly, and it is up to the landlord to decide what he wants to do," said Beattie. "We have made extensive efforts to negotiate with the landlord and extend the lease, but we have been unsuccessful to-date. We are still in discussions with the landlord and hope to be able to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement that will allow Bow Tie to serve the Morristown community."

The negotiations proved successful and although the original last day of the theater was Sunday, "Clearview Cinemas and the landlord have agreed to continue to operate the Headquarters 10 Theatre in Morristown for the next several weeks," said McAndrew.

You should go soon if you want to catch another flick at the 26-year-old theater and be served by Eric Glover, more commonly known as "Fluffy" or "The Ticket Taker Guy" for his antics at Clearview Cinemas. 

No specific closing date was given, and Glover said the theater is going to stay open “until further notice.”

Cablevision bought the cinemas in 1998 and put the chain up for sale last year; Clearview currently has 26 theaters in New Jersey. 

BiggDogg May 20, 2013 at 01:33 PM
It's very sad that one of the few Non-Bar related venues will soon come to a close in Morristown.
Chris May 20, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Yeah, if you're business isn't a bar or a bank, you won't last. I guess rent/taxes are just too high. Maybe they can turn the theater into a bowling alley or a Dave and Busters or something fun. ...that is, if the town will allow it.
Steve May 20, 2013 at 02:23 PM
The Morristown theater is such a dump and is not worth the price of admission. That is why it will close. PS..."Fluffy" is annoying; I will never understand why people enjoy his routine. Just take my ticket and let me enjoy my movie without the nonsense!
Janet Blanchard May 20, 2013 at 02:59 PM
THANK YOU JESUS, I though I was gonna have to go and get help for not being able to get popcorn anymore.
BiggDogg May 20, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Hey Steve, Just because it doesn't amuse you, does not mean that all the children that go to the movies don't experience a good time and a memorable moment.
Steve May 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Fluffy or no Fluffy, the Headquarters Theater is still a dump. If it was cleaner, brighter, and more inviting, I would be more apt to seeing a movie there.
Cameron Wallace May 20, 2013 at 07:02 PM
**NEGOCTIATNG BS ** Who is the owner? Berger, Cressatello ? not a strong hand the place DOES need an overhaul Fluffy or no Fluffy C
Jack Krug May 21, 2013 at 05:15 PM
An overhaul shouldn't be too difficult or expensive -- the tough part of the Headquarters experience is the rest of the building. It's like visiting Lenin's Tomb! I don't know how you fix that.
Francis P. Alai May 21, 2013 at 05:56 PM
According to today's Daily Record, Bow Tie's negotiations with the landlord have been terminated at the landlord's request. That could mean a lot of things and mopst of them are not good
Mary Anne Spier July 29, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I'll be very sad to see the theater go. Because my friends and I are too young to drive, it was great to have a local theater we could just walk to. Now we all have to take the bus if we want to see a movie, which basically doubles the expense. As for those of you complaining about it being a "dump": instead of wanting a place that some people really love to close down because you think it isn't good enough for you, why don't you just drive to some theater you DO like? If you don't like something, don't wreck it for everyone else. Just saying.


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