Closure of Almost 100-Yr-Previous Close by Rialto Theatre Catches City by Shock


WESTFIELD, NJ — The almost 100-year-old Rialto Theatre has closed, catching each municipal officers and the general public abruptly.

The marquee of the movie show on Friday suggested that the theater is closed and advised the general public to name New Imaginative and prescient Cinemas for refunds. A message left with the quantity for New Imaginative and prescient Cinemas that was left on the marquee Friday morning was not instantly returned.

Mayor Shelley Brindle in an announcement mentioned municipal officers had been caught abruptly by the closure. Brindle mentioned the municipality was discussing a number of initiatives with the theater and had scheduled a gathering on the now-closed location for Friday.

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“It was as a lot of a shock to us because it was to the workers who had been notified late yesterday,” Brindle mentioned. “I do know that an occasion like this invitations hypothesis and rumors, and I need everybody to know that we’re diligently working to acquire extra details about the choice and any associated transactions or plans which may be within the works for the property.”

Screenings for AddamsFest have additionally been deliberate for the theater.

In June of final 12 months, Rialto Holdings LLC, the property proprietor, had sought to evict New Imaginative and prescient Cinemas LLC, for failure to pay lease, a discover filed in Superior Courtroom in Elizabeth exhibits.

A message left with Daniel R. Bevere, the lawyer representing Rialto Holdings, was not returned Friday. 

Justin H. Scheier, the lawyer representing New Imaginative and prescient Cinemas, declined to remark Friday. He cited the continued litigation within the case as the explanation.  

In a counter-claim filed towards the property proprietor in June of final 12 months, New Imaginative and prescient Cinemas claims Rialto Holding breached its lease settlement by failing to handle a leaky roof. “The water leaks have and can proceed to trigger substantial damages to plaintiff’s enterprise on the Westfield premises,” the lawsuit says.

The theater in Westfield has been a staple of the downtown since 1922. It’s sister theater, the Cranford Theatre, stays open. 

New Imaginative and prescient Cinemas had purchased the Rialto Theatre in Westfield and the Cranford Theatre in 2017 from Carmike Cinemas, a subsidiary of AMC Leisure Holdings Inc. The acquisition adopted a U.S. Justice Division order requiring AMC divest quite a few of its operations to take care of value competitors.

The closure of the theatre prompted an outpouring of help on social media, together with a “Save the Rialto” Fb group, which garnered almost 500 followers as of 1:45 p.m.

For refunds, the general public has been requested to name New Imaginative and prescient Cinemas at 866-640-9040.


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