Cinema 23 Fiveplex

Route 23,
Cedar Grove, NJ 07470

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Previously operated by: Clearview Cinemas

Previous Names: Cinema 23

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Cinema 23 Fiveplex

Another Clearview Cinema located just off Route 23 in Cedar Grove. The Cinema 23 was opened November 21, 1969 with Woody Allen in “Take the Money and Run”. It was one of the first theatres to show “Star Wars” and other movies in 70mm and Dolby Stereo. This theatre was one of the only remaining theatres on Route 23 (besides Kinnelon and Wayne). It later became a multiplex.

The Cinema 23 Fiveplex was closed on May 11, 2010.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

EsseXploreR on August 30, 2013 at 6:45 am

The building is completely gutted, it’s like a warehouse.

MovieMan____1952 on June 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm

As manager of the Willowbrook Cinema, and the Little Cinema in the mall I also “opened” this theater for Spyro Lenas but did not manager it. Meyer Ackerman was a “partner” in this theatre. I’m not sure on the seating but I believe it may have been 800.

Ken Lehman

moviebuff82 on April 24, 2018 at 4:04 pm

One of the few theatres in the area that showed Tron in 70mm during its theatrical run.

rivest266 on July 9, 2018 at 1:08 am

This opened on November 21st, 1969. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on February 10, 2019 at 8:36 am

Clearview closed the Cinema 23 on May 11, 2010 at the end of lease. It did outlast the Blockbuster Video Store that was a near neighbor in the same complex by one month.

Guodone on October 5, 2020 at 9:50 am

I took my parents to see Star Wars here in the fall of 1977 as it was no longer playing close to where we lived. Nice theater as I remember.

markp on October 5, 2020 at 10:43 am

Guodone, it was playing at the Menlo Park Twin until late Dec 1977.

Guodone on October 5, 2020 at 12:36 pm

markp, I’m trying to figure out why we went to Cinema 23. Maybe for the 70mm experience? Did Menlo have 70mm?

markp on October 5, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Guodone, no Menlo did not. We installed it before Grease but we didnt plat that in 70 MM either.

Guodone on October 6, 2020 at 4:41 am

markp, OK, that was probably the reason why we went to Cinema 23. Thanks-

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