Township Theatre

249 Pascack Road,
Washington Township, NJ 07675

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Township Theatre (Official)

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Previously operated by: Bow-Tie Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Washington Cinema, Washington Township Cinemas

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 201.497.3500

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The Washington Cinema was opened on September 2, 1966 with Cary Grant in “Walk, Don’t Run”. It was an anchor of the Washington Town Center shopping plaza. Divided into three screens on December 5, 1986, Clearview Cinemas remodeled the theatre in the 2000’s and added new seats. In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over, when they took most Clearview locations. It was closed in September 2016. A new operator to took over and it reopened November 3, 2016. Another victim of the coronavirus pandemic, the theater permanently closed in March, 2020 and was reportedly being converted into a self-storage facility.

However in April 2021 it was announced that the owners of the Ramsey Theatre had taken the Washington Township Cinemas over and it was reopened on April 9, 2021 as the Township Theatre.

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Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

moviebuff82 on September 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

That name sounds familiar, he used to run a lot of older movie theaters in NJ that were closed down…I hope they put in recliners and keep prices where they are.

mhvbear on September 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm

A theater can not install recliners and keep the prices the same. It cuts the seating by at least 50% or more and to keep the profits up the ticket prices have to be increased. I for one hope the recliner is a passing phase in movie theaters.

moviebuff82 on October 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

the website is Theater will reopen on November 3rd.

oknazevad on November 1, 2016 at 8:23 pm

There’s really nothing to see of the venue that Google StreetView doesn’t already show. It really is just a tiny storefront entrance with a blue sign that reads “Cinema”. That’s in part because until two years or so ago the township mandated that all stores in the shopping plaza that the cinema is at one end of have signs of the identical blue font and size.

More importantly the passive-aggressive tone is obnoxious.

moviebuff82 on February 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

This theater showed mostly Universal movies akin to what Cinema 35 showed during the 1980s.

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Lindsey B on November 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm

@rivest266 Thanks so much for posting that! What a great find. I’m one of the managers at Washington Township Cinemas and I’ve been trying to find some old photos of the theatre. This is great!

oknazevad on April 15, 2021 at 4:31 pm

So apparently the theater will remain a theatre after all. The former operators of the Ramsey theatre have signed on as the new operators.

ridethectrain on April 24, 2021 at 9:46 pm

Please update now OPEN, new name Township Theatre and the website is

Theatre reopen April 9, 2021 and became a triplex on December 5, 1986. Grand Opening ad in photos

ridethectrain on April 25, 2021 at 1:20 pm

Please update, total seats 454 Theatre 1 120, Theatre 2 225 and Theatre 3 109

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