What Should Happen to Cedar Lane Cinemas?
How should the space be used? Movie theater? Retail? Share your ideas in the comments
Teaneck’s only movie theater, Cedar Lane Cinemas, closed late last month after the theater’s owner said they could not afford the at least $300,000 it would likely cost to upgrade to a digital projection system.
Since the theater’s closure, a grassroots effort has formed to save the movie house. Local merchants worried the closure could harm business and, so far, no new operators have expressed interest in taking over the historic cinema.
The landlord would like to keep a theater or entertainment venue on Cedar Lane, and converting the space to retail would be costly, a consultant for the landlord told Patch.
The cost of upgrading to a digital format has become a challenge for small theaters across the country. Some have turned to community donations while others have been forced to close.
What do you think should come of the Cedar Lane theater? Would you prefer it to remain a movie theater or be converted to storefronts? What about a community theater for plays? Share your ideas in the comments below.