Hudson County is officially reduced to two theaters.
Hoboken’s Bow Tie Cinema has been sold to Hoboken Grace Church, which said it plans to use it as an event space for local organizations.
“We are thrilled to establish this space for our community,” said Reverend Chris High, Senior Pastor of Hoboken Grace. “Since the founding of Hoboken Grace in 2007, we have never shied away from continuously developing our love for Hoboken and this building will allow us to create an incredibly flexible space that can be enjoyed by those who live and work here.”
The building, located on 14th Street between Adams Street and Grand Street, is in the downtown area of the main Garden Street location in Hoboken Grace.
The church had raised funds through its “home initiative” to become a community center.
“I look forward to having a space from which we can support our city’s teens with great programming during the week,” High said. “I can’t wait to take all of our current community events to another level. Whether you attended the Easter Egg Hunt, 1 Day Hoboken or Christmas Exchange, you saw our heart and this space allows us to do even more, even better.
Other events can include graduation ceremonies, concerts, fundraisers and meetings hosted by nonprofits or church partner organizations, according to Hoboken Grace.
The two remaining Hudson County theaters – Secaucus’ Kerasotes Showplace 14 and Jersey City AMC in Newport Center – have both reopened since their COVID-19 closings. The theater opened in October 2009 as Clearview Cinemas, shortly after the debut of Kerasotes Showplace.
The theater gained some national notoriety in May 2013 when actor Brad Pitt surprised fans at a premiere screening of “World War Z”.
Since religious organizations are tax exempt, Hoboken will no longer collect property taxes on the Bow Tie property. The previous owner, Hoboken Theaters LLC, paid about $ 64,500 in property taxes last year.
The property sold for $ 1,350,000 in 2017, but the amount Hoboken Grace paid for the property was not immediately available. The city declined to comment on the matter.
Ten years ago, Hudson County had nine theaters, but by the end of 2019 that number had dropped to three. Empire’s Columbia Park Cinemas in North Bergen and Frank Theaters in South Cove Commons in Bayonne both closed during this year.