Casino Theatre

Cedar & Atlantic Avenues,
Wildwood, NJ 08260

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Opened on April 11, 1940 on the site of another Casino Theater. Constructed by Joseph Scully, the theater remained open year round in this summer resort town. In the early-1980’s converted to a pinball and amusement center and then later to a laser tag arena. After sitting vacant, the building was demolished in 1999.

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teecee
teecee on August 7, 2005 at 9:36 am

Actually the Robert Morton was installed in the 2nd Casino Theatre.
The first (aka Airdome) burned down in 1922. The 2nd burned down in 1939. Fate of the organ is unknown. Bill Hunt then rebuilt the theatre again in 1940.

teecee
teecee on August 7, 2005 at 9:48 am

“Although vaudeville was losing popularity, Hunt’s movie houses continued to present live entertainment acts between movies throughout the 1920s. The first motion picture featuring sound was shown in the Wildwoods in February, 1929, at Hunt’s Casino Theatre. Within a month, the Casino was showing "talkies” almost exclusively."

source: Wildwood by the Sea by David W. Francis, page 80

Oliver
Oliver on August 26, 2005 at 3:14 am

I remember as a kid, seeing :Up THe Down Staircase" with Sandy Dennis and “Sweet Charity: with Shirley McClain” there. Does anybody remember the other Theatre in Wildwood: The Ocean, The Strand, The Shore, The Blake. The Blake, Casino and Shore were on practically next door to each other. There was one other theatre, that was by Fun Pier, located on the Boardwalk, can’t remember the name, but I remember seeing: The Odd Couple and True Grit there.

Oliver
Oliver on August 26, 2005 at 3:20 am

Just reviewed the web-site for the other theatres, sure brings back memories of my childhood in Wildwood, in the the 60’s. It is a shame what the did with the Strand, I was in there two years ago, dirt, sticky floors, people talking, this is not the way to go the movies.

Porkface
Porkface on October 31, 2005 at 5:30 pm

I believe it was the Shore Theatre that served as Wildwood’s year-round theatre, not the Casino. Could be wrong though.
Just prior to demolition I was able to get into the building, which was thoroughly gutted. The steps up to the original projectionists loft were still there, and so was the restroom. This restroom was untouched and the violet tiles (the shade of those on the front of the building) still shined like 1940.
Another note….some of the neon marquee letters were removed in the 80’s and still exist in storage in Florida…I’ve been told.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on November 1, 2005 at 12:57 am

Acording to another site, the Shore and Casino were operated as a year round theater prior to the Shore being twined.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 1:28 am

Listed as part of Hunt’s Theatres, Inc. in the 1970 FDY & 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

This webpage has a number of pictures of the theater and its later use as an amusement arcade: http://www.funchase.com/Images/Theatres/Casino.htm

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