Montclair Film has signed a multi-year lease with Dick Grabowsky to operate the Clairidge Cinemas. The six screen art house cinema in downtown Montclair, NJ will begin renovations immediately and will open in October 2021 for the 10th Annual Montclair Film Festival.
"The Clairidge Cinemas have been a mainstay of downtown Montclair," said Bob Feinberg, founder and Chairman of the Board of Montclair Film. "Since our founding ten years ago, Montclair Film has grown from our original seven-day film festival to a year-round film and education non-profit that serves our entire community. Operating the Clairidge Cinemas, which are located across the street from our home at the Investors Bank Film & Media Center, will allow us to reach more people than ever and continue to expand our impact as one of the region's leading film non-profits."
Monclair film has enlisted architect Rachael Grochowski of RHG Architecture+Design to turn the 12,700 square foot facility into a safe, welcoming, inclusive and contemporary cinema. Renovations will be completed by Mulvey Custom Contracting.
"We are honored to be working with Montclair Film again as they expand their footprint and begin the next phase of their organization," said Rachael Grochowski, founder and principal, RHG Architecture+Design. "They are a visionary team of best-in-class professionals, and we look forward to partnering with them as we transform this historical theater into the ultimate entertainment experience."
The 10th annual Montclair Film Festival will take place October 21-30, 2021. Visit the festival's website here: montclairfilm.org