The new owner of the Ramsey Cinema said she would consider keeping the theater open after receiving requests from people who would like to rent the space and keep it operating as a movie theater, according to a report in northjersey.com.
The rising cost of supplies, along with the cost of digital conversion that
all movie theaters must comply with by year's end, was a
contributing factor to theater owner
Peter Vivian’s decision to sell the
Hala Alain, the owner of S.H.E. salon two doors down from the theater,
originally purchased the building from Vivian so that she could extend
her business. However, since the sale went through, she has been
sensitive to the considerable outcry from the community clamoring to
keep the theater open and is considering having someone come in who can
invest the money needed to renovate the space and keep it open. As she
told northjersey.com, "I need to connect with the town."
Teaneck's Cedar Lane Cinema faced a similar fate. Open since the 1930's, the theater's operator, Nelson Paige, closed shop because of the cost of renovating and converting
to digital. However, a new tenant signed the lease earlier this year and is in the process of
renovating the space and digitally converting the projection systems to the delight of the theater's patrons.
The Ramsey Cinema is a touchstone of fond memories for generations of kids who came of age in the northern part of Bergen County. Because of that, local residents, movie theater patrons, and the former staff
of the theater say they hope to see the theater stay in Ramsey, where reports
say it has been since at least the 1920’s.
"If someone shows interest in renting, and they're willing to fund the
$80,000 to $100,000 to convert the theater into a digital one, then, by
all means," Alain told northjersey.com. "Like I said, I'm open to anything. I can't do it on my own,
because I don't know a thing about running a movie theater, but I'm
willing to learn."