CRANFORD - A little over a week ago, Westfield residents were stunned when the Westfield Rialto Theatre went dark. The closing left many in Cranford wondering if their town's theatre would be next.
New Vision Theatres, owner of both the Westfield and Cranford theatres, assured the Cranford DMC and the Township that Cranford's Theatre wouldn't be affected by Westfield's closing, according to a statement by Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin on his Facebook page. Despite the assurance, the Cranford theatre is no longer selling tickets for screenings after Wednesday.
Mayor Giblin's full statement read:
Last week, Westfield was very surprised by the sudden closing of the Rialto Theater. 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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a developing story. TAPinto Cranford will keep you updated when more information becomes available.