Man Considers Glen Rock for Revival Theater After Legal Threats in Westwood

Would you welcome an old-style movie house showing the best of the 'golden age' in the borough?

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.

Sound off in the comments below.

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AC Willment September 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
My boyfriend at the time and I loved the Rosebud, and hope Glen Rock welcomes the revival of the revival house! (He's still a good friend and was elated when I told him it looked like the Rosebud would be making a comeback.) It's not the stars that got small, or even the pictures - it's the Westwood Municipal Government. Good lord, this isn't showing the latest releases - it's no more a competitor to a first-run house than the original Rosebud was to the Warner (though given the quality of the movies playing these days at the Warner, any alternative would be welcome). Maybe if Westwood's theatre feels the heat, it should show some better movies.
Stephanie in GR September 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
It seems like an interesting idea, it just doesn't sound like a money-making venture. Too many old movies are available to watch cheaply or for free to convince masses to go to a theatre like this very often. However, a live music venue is unlike anything we have for miles around. Something like a Maxwell's would draw people from all over Northern NJ. But, I'm sure there's plenty of reasons why this doesn't exist...
Elizabeth Cox September 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM
sounds like a nice idea- we have the senior living center smack in the middle of town- if they put it back behind Cvs it would be a problem for parking or walking - i'm sure my parents would love it! better then a bank or another beauty salon
SusieHomeMaker September 27, 2012 at 02:26 AM
thetentman September 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I'm in.
Cecilia Vanti September 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
This seems like a very viable idea, particularly locating it in the CVS area, Walking distance from most of Glen Rock and certainly the Senior living facilities. It has built- in parking availability as well. We could use something to help to help the downtown GR area vital and possibly bring in some town revenue. I disagree with the observation that people will opt out and watch Netflix instead and think that if you build it, people will come. The group experience and the chance to get out of the house seem appealling...
Fercho September 27, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I agree with StephanieGR.It needs to be a bit more than 'movie from 40s-50s' for it to be truly sustainable. Initially, people are curious and will come but if you want repeat business you have to open it up a bit. You can keep a bit of a nostalgic feel but the content needs to still have more of a broad appeal. Indy films, documentaries, cult classics, etc. Make it byob along with offering some light snacks. Sort of like this type of experience: http://www.downingfilmcenter.com/pages/home.htm
KG January 13, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I remember the Rosebud in Ridgewood and my wife and I loved it. We'd definitely go to a new Rosebud if it can be located in the area. I think the owner should consider movies from the 30's to the 60's. They are all classics now.


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