What’s Going On With Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken?

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Passersby encircling the area underneath the bridge on 14th Street in Hoboken will notice the Bow Tie Cinemas theater is currently closed. There are no alerts on the front doors, the movie posters outside the theater remain empty, and wallpaper covers the glass doors and windows blocking the view inside. So what’s going on with the theater? Will it be opening any time soon? Read on to learn what Hoboken Girl has discovered.

Timeline of Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken Reopening

August 31, 2020, marked the day Governor Phil Murphy informed New Jersey that he would be signing an Executive Order allowing for movie theaters and indoor performance venues to reopen on Friday, September 4th, after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. The capacity allowed at the time was maxed at either 25 percent or 150 movie-goers.

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A few days later, on September 3rd, Bow Tie Cinemas corporate offices, put out a press release on their website informing everyone that the Hoboken {409-415 14th Street}, South Orange {1 SOPAC Way}, and Ridgewood {190 East Ridgewood Avenue} locations in New Jersey would open on September 4th. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Unhinged, and Bill & Ted Face the Music were the top films that weekend.

The press release listed all the new policies to keep customers safe, which included reserved seating, a temporary waiver of all advanced ticketing fees on the website or mobile app, empty seats next to each party, enhancements to overnight cleaning, and so forth. Bow Tie Cinemas’ Owner and CEO, Ben Moss, further ensured guests that safety is BTC’s number one priority.

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He said, “The safety and comfort of our guests and employees during this challenging time is our top priority as we re-open. Our teams will strive every day to provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment for our valued guests to enjoy the first-class entertainment experience they’ve come to expect at Bow Tie Cinemas and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the movies.” 

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Currently, Bow Tie Cinemas’ website for the Hoboken location states it is “temporarily closed.” The same goes for the other locations in NJ {Millburn and Ridgewood}. The South Orange location is no longer listed on the website and reportedly closed end of October.

There seems to be some confusion from the time the Hoboken location reopened to the time it closed. The only message the public received via the website is: “We will inform customers when we re-open via social media, our website, and email for those subscribed to receive updates … We hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you again soon at Bow Tie Cinemas!” 

So, what happened?

Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken Closes Again

It is unclear when exactly the cinema shut down again, but we do know it was still open in October and November 2020. According to Bow Tie Cinemas’ Instagram, they posted this on October 25: “The modern cult classic MANDY is back on the big screen for a limited engagement Thursday, 10/29 in Richmond & Hoboken! Courtesy of Legion M, everyone gets a box of Cheddar Goblin Mac & Cheese (while supplies last)!”

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Then, on November 19, Hoboken Alliance’s Instagram account posted: “Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken will be open Thursday – Sunday through reservations only, showing all new movies! They have taken extreme precautionary measures for the health and safety of employees and movie-goers including 25% capacity auditoriums, masks required in all areas of cinema, plexiglass in front of all concession stands, professional cleaning is done every night and reserved seating. You can now safely return to the movie theaters at Bow Tie Hoboken!”

A few days later, on November 26, Bow Tie issued this Thanksgiving message: “We are thankful for our incredible customers and excellent staff. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. We hope to see you at the movies soon. If you live in Richmond, Stamford, or Hoboken, we hope to see you at the movies tonight!”

Since then, the Instagram account has not posted about Hoboken and has not responded to Instagram users who have commented in some of the photos asking when it will reopen.

What Hoboken Girl Has Learned

In a direct Instagram message sent to Hoboken Girl, Bow Tie Cinemas informed us, “Per the corporate office Hoboken is ‘closed for now.’ Sorry, that is all the information to share.”

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Corporate then updated the Yelp page with this message posted on April 15: “Support Your Local Theater From Your Couch! Bow Tie Cinemas is currently closed, but we still want to bring you the best cinematic experience possible. There is still a way to support your favorite local movie theater while enjoying a film at home with Bow Tie’s Virtual Screening Room! We look forward to the day when we can once again share movies like these with you on the big screen, but until then stay safe and healthy and we will see you again soon!

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When Hoboken Girl reached out to Hoboken Alliance about whether they knew when the theater was reopening or why it is closed, they shared a similar message via email saying, “We don’t have any insider information or insights we can add, unfortunately!” Also, Hoboken’s Communication’s Manager to Mayor Ravinder Bhalla told us via email, “Unfortunately I don’t have much info on Bow Tie.”

While it is still a mystery as to why the New Jersey Bow Tie Cinemas locations are closed, we hope to keep our readers informed as soon as we receive news of the reopening date. In the meantime, those eager to watch a film in a theater may visit the open theaters nearby, including AMC Newport Centre 11 in Jersey City, Kerasotes ShowPlace 14 in Secaucus, or any of the open AMC theaters in New York City.

Hoboken Girl became aware on April 25th that the Hoboken outpost was removed from the New Jersey locations directory on the Bow Tie Cinemas website.

Per the website, Bow Tie Cinemas is a “four-generation family-owned” cinema company headquartered in Ridgefield, CT. Theaters are located nationwide in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. In 2016, the company introduced the “ultimate” experience — a brand-new approach to guests’ experience at BTC, which implemented reserved seating, electric reclining chairs, and full food and beverage service. 

To receive email alerts, sign up for Bow Tie Cinemas’ newsletter by visiting bowtiecinemas.com/newsletter-program, and for additional information on the Hoboken location, visit bowtiecinemas.com/hoboken-cinemas.

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After landing her dream job as a reporter for In Touch Weekly and Life & Style Weekly, Diana moved to The Heights in 2014 and has been living in Jersey City since then. Diana enjoys riding her bike at Lincoln Park and taking fitness classes in the downtown area in her free time. She loves binging reality TV shows, dining out and grabbing drinks with friends, and traveling to new places. Her work has led her to meet and interview celebrities as well as attend exclusive events and premieres in New York City. But at the end of the day, what she enjoys the most is cuddling up with her newly adopted kitten, Chloe.