After 10 years of thinking about the movies, we’ve decided to take the plunge and actually do something about the films we love. We have made a strategic investment in New Day Cinemas which is NJ based theatre circuit (that’s what they call a chain of movie theatres — we’ve had to learn a whole new vernacular). New Day Cinemas owns two theatres in North West New Jersey. One in Newton, and the other is in West Milford.
In January 1923, the Newton Amusement Corporation awarded the construction contract for a stadium-type theater, capable of seating 1,000 people, to William Houghton. It was designed in ‘Colonial Style’ by Reilly & Hall of New York. Load-bearing columns, consisting of 50 tons of steel supplied by the Submarine Boat Corporation of Newark, made the building of ‘the safest type known to modern engineering science.’ Tapestry brick, pilasters and niches of ornamental stonework, and a marquise with 180 electric lights decorated the facade. Newton Theatre opened May 15, 1924. At that time, it was considered the most imposing theatre in any town of the size of Newton east of the Mississippi.
The Newton Theatre is located at 234 Spring Street in the heart of downtown Newton,NJ. This historic showplace has entertained the people of northwestern New Jersey for over 75 years and has undergone a complete facelift. The theatre has been a twin since 1961, seating 255 in each auditorium. An original silent-era 2 manual, 3 rank Estey “ORGANUNIQUE” theatre organ has been installed in the number one auditorium to delight of Friday night audiences, showing off the keyboard wizardry of organist John Baratta. With the installation of this classic theatre pipe organ, the Newton Theatre’s sense of a bygone time has been further enhanced. This 2 screen gem is definitely a step above any of its contemporary competition.
On Friday nights the pipe organ that was installed in the Newton by the previous owner, Nelson Page, is cranked up for a performance by John Baratta. It caught our eye when they started playing the ClassicSciFi.com silent era classic film “The Phantom of the Opera” accompanied by the massive instrument. Now that we’re involved in the exhibition of films, you can be sure that we’ll exert our influence to produce some special genre film events in this fabulous venue. Stay tuned to ClassicSciFi.com, and NewDayCinemas.com for details.
The theatre in West Milford is a 1,350 seat quad. Originally opened as Music Maker’s Abbe Quad, this theatre was one of the first in the state to be designed and built from the beginning as a multiplex. The theatre has had many owners and names over the last few decades, but now back under local New Jersey ownership, the theatre once again resumes its tradition of bringing the finest first run entertainment to the citizens of the northern New Jersey.
Both of these venues are first run theatres but given our influence with New Day, they’ll be presenting some special genre film events. ClassicSciFi.com nights!
See you at the movies!