Tis the Season for the Theater: 4 Spots in Maplewood to Take in a Show

With Thanksgiving weekend ushering in the official start of the holiday season, shopping and entertainment rise to the top of many Americans’ to-do lists. Where once only Christmas Day marked a major cash-in for theaters, the entire holiday season bookended by Thanksgiving and New Year’s continues to draw more people outside the home and into theaters. In Maplewood, New Jersey, the options for movie goers is anything but traditional. Here are four theaters in and around Maplewood that provide a welcoming retreat from the crowds on the streets.


Maplewood Theater
155 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ · (973) 763-3100

For over 20 years, the Maplewood Theater has been regarded by the Maplewood community as staple for family fun gatherings and premieres for profit and non-profit organizations. A traditional theater that has stood the test of time, this community gem hosts celebrities, schools, film festivals, as well as provided for special needs groups, including opening doors for groups needing electricity, water, and restroom facilities. As its website explains, “We have been thanked for our help and awarded for our movie and holiday displays. When the Maplewood Theater is called upon, it always answers.”


Bow Tie South Orange 5
1 Sopac Way, South Orange NJ 973 761 0292

Taking tradition into the 21st century, Bow Tie South Orange 5 offers movie goers first dibs on box office hits as well as package deals and all the necessities like popcorn, candy, and soda for a great movie viewing experience. Those with special needs can also take advantage of Bow Tie Cinemas movie rotation program by contacting the theater management in advance to request that a movie be placed in a handicap accessible auditorium at a mutually convenient show time.


Luna Stage
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, NJ 973-395-5551

Founded in 1992 by Jane Mandel, Luna Stage is a place where creativity comes alive on stage. Its website describes its mission as a producer, educator, and innovator to develop and produce thought-provoking theatre that gives voice to emerging American playwrights and new life to contemporary and classic plays that speak to our times. The work of the theatre attracts adventurous theatre goers, its history includes over 50 new works with many of its premieres getting produced in New York, and its vision continues to inspire community members to tap into their own creativity.  In addition to the unique and inspirational plays offered by Luna Stage, classes for children and adults foster an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.


AMC Dine-In Theatres Essex Green 9
495 Prospect Ave. West Orange, NJ 973-731-6692

Tapping into the appetite of today’s consumer for both food and entertainment, this dine-in theatre, coined “Movies with a Menu” are a one-stop shop for experience. Minutes from Maplewood, AMC Essex Green 9 is equipped with full kitchens that offer experiences including full-service dining, delivery to seat, and express-pick up. You can enjoy a wide range of innovative menu items, drinks, and desserts–all from the comfort of your seat while taking in the latest film. In addition, MacGuffins Bar and Lounge will keep your cup full of a variety of traditional and exotic sipping and showtime fun.