Mayor on Morristown cinema closing: I’m a movie fan, too


Many Morristown residents are unhappy about the pending closure of the Clearview Headquarters 10 movie complex, scheduled for May 19.

Clearview logoCount Mayor Tim Dougherty among them.

“The theater’s got great memories for me,” he said Wednesday. “It’s where I took my wife Mary on our first date. We saw Steel Magnolias.

Cablevision is selling most of its Clearview theaters to Bow Tie Cinemas of Ridgefield, CT.  But so far, Morristown is not on the list.

Bow Tie Cinemas signThe Clearview lease at Headquarters Plaza is expiring and won’t be renewed, according to a Cablevision spokeswoman, who on Monday confirmed the May 19 date given to theater employees.

On Tuesday, Bow Tie Cinemas said it is negotiating with the landlord to extend the lease.

Representatives of Fisher Development, the landlord, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

“I spoke to [landlords] Olnick & Fisher, and they know my office is open to them should they have any needs in the future,” said Mayor Dougherty.

The cineplex was owned by AMC when he courted his wife.

“Even though Steel Magnolias was a tear-jerker, it had a happy ending for me,” the Mayor said. “Let’s hope this story turns out the same way.”

steel magnolias poster
HAPPY ENDING? This date flick worked out well for Mayor Tim Dougherty; the future is unknown for the Morristown cinema venue.



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