CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell Bow Tie Cinemas premiered its luxury renovations this week with a special grand re-opening ribbon cutting ceremony and movie screening. The historical theater, which was built in the 1900s, has been temporarily closed since August after being destroyed during a devastating flood in Caldwell. 

When faced with the decision of whether close or to renovate after the storm, Chief Operating Officer Joseph Masher, said the decision to renovate and re-open the theater was a testament to the company's dedication to running in-town theaters and supporting the communities it serves.

"Bow Tie Cinemas is the oldest theater circuit in the nation with 45 locations in six states, and they are a family-owned business that are currently in their third and fourth generation of operation," said Masher.

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The luxury renoviations that were made include the addition of luxury electric reclining seats and other upgraded amenities that Masher said create a comfortable environment condusive to watching movies. 

Caldwell Bow Tie Cinemas is somewhat of a test site, according to Masher, as the Caldwell theater is the first in-town cinema of this small size to receive these luxury renovations. Since the theater's "soft" reopening on Dec. 21, Masher said the response has been very positive. 

"Bow Tie Cinemas is excited to see an old theater of this size get luxury renovations, as there are not many theaters out there recieving luxury renovations like these today," said Masher.

Masher credited SVC Services-WR Construction company for finishing the theater renovations in time for the holidays. The company was also happy to report that it retained many of the existing staff members, and extended gratitude to these employees for all their hard work and dedication. 

North Essex Chamber of Commerce president Michael Daniels and Councilman Jonathan Lace, wishing for many nights of relaxing watching movies to come, congratulated Bow Tie Cinemas and thanked the company for supporting the community.

"Bow Tie Cinemas' mission is making anchors out of movie theaters in downtown corridors, and this is really important in helping support other local Caldwell businesses," said Lace. "In an app-centric economy, user experience is really important and Bow Tie is a big part of that."

Pictured in the ribbon cutting photo above (from left to right) are: Councilman Henderson Cole, Councilman Jonathan Lace, Joseph Masher Chief Operating Officer Bow-Tie Cinemas, Ben Moss Owner Bow-Tie Cinemas, Councilwoman Christine Schmidt, North Essex Chamber of Commerce President Michael Daniels