CRANFORD, NJ — New Vision Management could neither confirm nor deny that the Cranford Theatre is remaining open after Wednesday night and they were not ready to make a statement regarding its future, Mayor Giblin wrote in a statement on social media Wednesday evening.
But the sign seemed to say it all.
Locals were stunned last week when the Rialto Theatre in Westfield suddenly shut its doors. The closing left many wondering if Cranford's movie theater, a "sister" theater also run by New Vision Theatres, would be next.
New Vision assured the Cranford DMC and the Township that Cranford's Theatre wouldn't be affected by the Rialto's closing, according to a statement by Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin on his Facebook page. Despite the assurance, tickets for the Cranford Theatre are unavailable after Wednesday, Sept. 4.
“Last week, Westfield was very surprised by the sudden closing of the Rialto Theater,” Giblin wrote. “We proactively reached out to management regarding the rumors that its sister theater in Cranford was also closing.
“The Township and DMC were given multiple assurances that the Cranford Theater would not be affected. Both movie theaters are operated by the same company, New Vision.
“This morning we were notified by a resident that the Cranford Theater was no longer selling tickets after tonight. The DMC Director and Township Administrator once again reached out to New Vision’s management.
“New Vision Management could neither confirm nor deny that the theater is remaining open after tonight and they were not ready to make a statement regarding its future.
“I spoke to the property owner extensively this afternoon. He also owns the Westfield Rialto property. He was unaware of plans for New Vision to close, but also indicated that he was not made aware of the Rialto closing.
“The Township Committee and DMC will keep you posted of any further developments.”
Efforts by TAPinto Cranford to reach New Vision Theaters were unsuccesful as of this writing.
This is a developing story.