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The Tilton is an ok theater, but the chop-shop approach to design hinders its lay-out considerably in my opinion.
The multi-million rennovation completed in the spring/summer of 2004 is really impressive. Granted I’m biased, but both design and presentaion easily surpasses the Tilton, and also the Regal at the Hamilton Mall. All high-back rocker stadium seating and DTS sound in every auditorium has helped make the Towne 16 one of the best theaters in southern New Jersey.
William Appenzeller, GM of the Towne 16, Frank Theatres
I wouldn’t say that any of the theaters were ever ruined because the rennovations. Quite the opposite, this practice is what saved many of these buildings.
Everyone loves these old buildings, but the truth of the matter is that basically no one goes to these old buildings. They don’t have enough screens to stay open. This is especially true at the New Jersey shore when even 4 and 6 plexes simply loose money all winter long.
The Ventor Twin was just recently rented by a very experienced individual in the movie business, but all the nostalgia in the world just couldn’t make-up for the lack of business.
The Ventor Twin is still owned by Frank Theatres today and its future is in question at this time.