Mahwah Family to Reopen Ramsey Theater Wednesday

The theater was shut down late last year until two Mahwah residents started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $125K for a digital conversion of the theater's two screens.

A Mahwah family that has been working to digitally upgrade and reopen the Ramsey Theater announced this week that the community movie theater will reopen Wednesday.

Last year, previous theater owner Peter Vivian sold the century-old theater to Hala Alain, the owner of S.H.E. salon two doors down on Main Street in Ramsey.

Alain had said she hoped to use the space to expand her business, but agreed to lease the space to Mahwah couple Laura and Dave Rose after a public outcry to “save the theater.”

The Roses started an online Kickstarter campaign in October to raise the money need to convert the former Ramsey Cinema’s two theaters to digital. The duo and their business partner Karen Emmert – who all own Planet Swirl next door to the theater – raised $125,000 in November, and have been renovating the space ever since.

According to an announcement from Laura Rose Tuesday, the theater will officially reopen for business Wednesday.

“We are so proud of our amazing town and community and of course, our cherished Main Street theatre,” she said in the announcement. “We thank you for your support.”

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the theater will be showing two new movies, Disney's Frozen at 3:50 and 6:15 p.m., and The Wolf of Wall Street at 4 and 8 p.m.

Ticket prices will be as follows: 

  • Adults - $11
  • Children (11 and under) - $9
  • Seniors (62 and up) - $9
  • Military - $10
  • Matinee - $10 (before 4 p.m. M-F and 2 p.m. S-S)
  • Two-fer Tuesday - $5.50 all tickets
The theater is planning a Grand Opening event for next Wednesday, Jan. 15. Anyone who donated $100 or more is invited to attend the event.
KM January 08, 2014 at 06:58 AM
Congratulations Laura and Dave! In the words of Siskel and Ebert, "Two thumbs Up! We'll see You at the movies!" www.RealtorKelley.com
Ivy January 12, 2014 at 07:30 AM


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