Village Theatre

Boardwalk,
Ocean City, NJ

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Village Theatre

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Opened as Doughty’s Pier around 1900. Initially presented vaudville and then silent movies. Survived a 1927 fire that destroyed much of the boardwalk. When the boardwalk was rebuilt and moved east (closer to the ocean), the theater’s entrance and seating had to be changed to the opposite side of the building. Added a sound system in 1929.

Operated continuously until 1989, when it was sold to a paper company. The building burned to the ground on June 12, 1990.

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jlaymon
jlaymon on January 21, 2006 at 10:46 pm

Web site updated with more pictures…

http://www.moorlyn.com/Village.htm

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 5:13 am

Listed as part of Shriver Theatres Co. in the 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 6, 2007 at 10:31 pm

Here are five pages of photos. Click on the next button for each page.

edblank
edblank on May 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Am I correct in remembering that this was the nicest theater in Ocean City, NJ, in the mid-1950s? If so, it’s where I saw “To Catch a Thief” in the summer of 1955. – Ed Blank

RahnAtTheShore
RahnAtTheShore on July 8, 2008 at 3:31 pm

“Thank you” to everyone who provided pictures of the Village, both exterior and especially the interior shots. The decoration, though minimal, was great in the main auditorium.
I enjoyed seeing the photos showing the billboards on the back of the theater as well as those on the roof. I seem to remember when they actually had advertisements for movies on them (an on-set of old age maybe).

Rahn

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

This was Ocean City’s roadshow theater.

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