Bow Tie Cinemas

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Bow Tie Cinemas, LLC
IndustryEntertainment (movie theaters)
Founded1900, New York City
HeadquartersRidgefield, Connecticut
Key people
B.S. Moss, Founder
Ben Moss
Charles B. Moss, Jr.
Joseph Masher (COO)
ProductsBow Tie Cinemas

Bow Tie Cinemas is an American movie theater chain, with 38 locations in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.[1] As of 2013, it is the eighth-largest movie theater chain in the United States and is the oldest, having been founded in 1900.[2] Bow Tie Cinemas is family-owned and has been for four generations.

The company was established by Benjamin S. Moss (1878 - 1951) who opened nickolodeon venues, then shifted to Vaudeville venues, before settling on movie theaters.


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B.S. Moss immigrated to the U.S. from Austria in 1900. He opened venues for nickelodeons. He soon changed to operating venues for the Vaudeville circuit and also established a film production company. The film production company produced Margaret Sanger's film Birth Control which was banned from release in New York in 1915. B. S. Moss Motion Picture Company presented Three Weeks (1914) and produced One Day (1916), Boots and Saddles (1916), The Power of Evil (1916), and The Salamander (1916).

B. S. Moss Enterprises operated several movie theaters.[3] In 1910, Moss organized the syndicate that built the $100,000 Washington Theatre at Amsterdam Avenue and 149th Street, known as the first "real" movie palace in New York City.[4] Moss' Vaudeville theaters included Manhattan's Colony Theater, notable for being the venue of several high-profile Disney premieres including Fantasia and Steamboat Willie, the first Disney cartoon to feature Mickey Mouse.

The B. S. Moss Broadway Theater showing White Hands in 1922

In the 1930s, Moss decided to focus more on the movie business and phased out his vaudeville program. In 1936, he opened his Criterion Theater in Times Square, which lasted as a successful movie theater until 2000. Since then, Bow Tie Cinemas has continued to concentrate on the presentation of films.[5]

Bow Tie Cinemas[edit]

The company changed its name to Bow Tie Cinemas in 2004, upon opening its Criterion Cinemas complex in Downtown New Haven, Connecticut. The name honors the company's flagship property, located where Broadway and 7th meet in Manhattan, known as the "Bow Tie" of Times Square.

Bow Tie operates many different types of theaters, from a twin art house (Red Bank, NJ) to a 21-screen complex in Richmond, VA. The company's premium large format auditoriums are known as "BTX - Bow Tie X-Treme(R)".

Bow Tie has continued to grow and innovate. In 2017 the company debuted its new "Ultimate" locations in Norwalk, CT, featuring luxury electric recliner seating with in-theater restaurant and a full bar. Bow Tie Ultimate(TM) locations feature fresh baked artisan pizzas, and an array of dining options. Ultimate locations are now open in Norwalk, CT (Ultimate Royale 6 and Ultimate Regent 8); Trumbull, CT (Ultimate Marquis 16 & BTX); and Annapolis, MD (Ultimate Annapolis Mall 11 & BTX and Ultimate Harbour 9). Future Ultimate locations are planned for Stamford, CT and Reston, VA.

2013 acquisition of Clearview Cinemas[edit]

Clearview Cinemas was a movie theater chain within the New York metropolitan area founded in 1994. From 1998 to 2013, Clearview was a subsidiary of Cablevision. In 2013, Bow Tie Cinemas acquired forty-one Clearview theatres.[6] The forty-second location, the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, was retained by Cablevision, but Bow Tie continued to operate the theater until it was closed as a theater in 2016.[2]

Current Bow Tie Cinemas locations[edit]


  • Basalt/Carbondale - Movieland 7


  • Greenwich - Criterion Cinemas(R) at Greenwich Plaza
  • Hartford - Palace 17 & BTX(R) Theater
  • New Canaan - Playhouse
  • New Haven - Criterion Cinemas(R)
  • Norwalk - Ultimate Royale 6(R)
  • Norwalk - Ultimate Regent 8(R)
  • Stamford - Landmark 9
  • Stamford - Majestic 6
  • Trumbull - Ultimate Marquis 16 & BTX Theater(R)
  • Wilton - Wilton Cinemas


  • Annapolis - Ultimate Annapolis Mall 11 & BTX Theater(R)
  • Annapolis - Ultimate Harbour 9(R)


  • Aberdeen - Strathmore Cinemas
  • Bernardsville - Bernardsville Cinemas
  • Caldwell - Caldwell Cinema 4
  • Hoboken - Hoboken Cinemas
  • Millburn - Millburn Theater
  • Montclair - Claridge Theater
  • Red Bank - Red Bank 2
  • Ridgewood - Warner Theater
  • South Orange - South Orange Cinemas
  • Tenafly - Tenafly Cinema 4


  • Bronxville - Bronxville Theater
  • Mount Kisco - Mount Kisco Cinemas
  • New Hyde Park - Herricks Cinemas
  • Saratoga Springs - Criterion Cinemas 11 & BTX(R) Theater
  • Schenectady - Movieland 6
  • White Plains - Cinema 100
  • Wilton - Wilton Mall 8 & BTX(R) Theater


  • Reston - Reston Town Center 11 & BTX(R) Theater
  • Richmond - Criterion Cinemas(R) at Movieland
  • Richmond - Movieland at Boulevard Square

Former Bow Tie/Clearview Cinemas Locations[edit]


  • Bergenfield (became an independent theater)
  • Closter- Closter Bowtie 4 (replaced by CMX Cinemas in 2018, located at Closter Plaza)
  • Washington Township - Washington Township 3 (became an independent theater)
  • Wayne - Wayne Preakness Cinemas (went independent in September 2019)


  • Chelsea- Bow Tie Chelsea (replaced by Cinépolis Chelsea) in 2016, located on 23rd Street)
  • Great Neck - Squire Theater (purchased by MovieWorld Cinemas in 2019)
  • Manhasset - Manhasset Theater (purchased by Gilman Management Corp. in 2019)
  • Roslyn - Roslyn Theater (purchased by Gilman Management Corp. in 2019)

BALDWIN - Grand Avenue Cinema (became independent in November in 2014) Franklin Square- Franklin Square Cinemas went independent in November 2019


  1. ^ "Theater Locations." Bow Tie Cinemas. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Aug. 2014.
  2. ^ a b BLOOMBERG NEWS (April 29, 2013). "Bow Tie Cinema to buy theaters from Cablevision Systems". Newsday.
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  4. ^ New York Times Obituary
  5. ^ "About Bow-Tie Cinemas." Bow Tie Cinemas. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Aug. 2014.
  6. ^ Stein, Linda (May 17, 2013). "Bow Tie Cinemas new owners of Anthony Wayne, Bala theaters". Mainline Media News.