In May of 1920 the Dunellen Theater broke ground. It has under gone many changes since then. Richard Zupko and his wife Pam purchased the theater in 1989 from Gild Luca who’s family had it for many years. Richie grew up in this town and wanted a place where families could go on the weekend for great food and entertainment. His idea was to remove every other row of seating and replace them with coffee tables. After redoing the theater’s bathrooms, lobby and concession stand and restoring what hecould to maintain the “old theater” look and feel, he reopened again in 1999.
At first it was used for a variety of different things such as comedy shows, concerts, and plays but movies did the best. That’s when Richie’s vision of the Cinema Cafe took off into something very special and unique. To keep the Cinema Café a family atmosphere, we now show mostly family oriented and children’s movies. Families can come enjoy dinner and a movie simultaneously at a very reasonable cost.