Ridgewood's Warner Theater to close after 92 years
The historic Warner Theater in downtown Ridgewood will cease movie operations and shut down Sunday, Jan. 28., the theater's owner Bow Tie Partners announced.
The four-screen cinema opened on June 15, 1932 as a single-screen movie theater. Bow Tie Partners purchased The Warner Theater in 2013. Its affiliate, Bow Tie Cinemas, has operated it as a movie theater since then.
Bow Tie Partners says it plans to remain part of the downtown Ridgewood community. The real estate agency is planning to redevelop the space, potentially as a single auditorium performing arts venue.
The company said in a release that the COVID-19 pandemic caused dramatic changes to the movie theater business, particularly in older venues, and that business is no longer viable at the location.