Ray Walsh had plans to open a 96-seat theater on Kinderkamack Road in Westwood, but legal threats from the town's only movie theater has forced him to drop his plan. Could Glen Rock be the next destination for "The Rosebud Theater"?
Here's a short summation of the ill-fated Westwood plan: the retired Walsh had visions of playing movies from the 1930s and 1940s four nights a week, targeting an older audience. Think Casablanca or John Wayne. Walsh had previously run a similar business in Ridgewood for three years, according to the Westwood-Hillsdale Patch article. (Anyone remember that?)
Attorney John Lamb, representing Westwood Theater, sent a letter objecting to the golden age theater on the grounds it would not have sufficient parking, not because of a perceived business threat.
Without the war chest to fight on, Ray Walsh is taking his idea for the Rosebud Theater elsewhere.
"I'll have to see what other town might look pretty central in Bergen and doesn't have a movie theater," he told NJ.com. "I don't know, maybe Glen Rock or something down the road. I haven't really gotten that far."
So, 'Rockers, what do you think? Good idea? Would you check out a revival theater somewhere in the borough? Westwood residents seem pretty disappointed in the c'est la vie.
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