Beach 4 Theatre

711 Beach Drive,
Cape May, NJ 08204

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HowardBHaas on October 1, 2011 at 6:45 am

Link to Star Ledger article (though not auto link)

markp on September 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Article in todays Star Ledger reported that the permit was issued on Monday, and hours later heavy equipment was there tearing it down. Very very sad indeed.

shany94 on September 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm

The theatre has been torn down

HowardBHaas on September 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

Sadly, I’ve heard it is being demolished this week, but haven’t verified that info.

CSWalczak on May 4, 2011 at 8:32 am

The theater now appears to be doomed; the City Council has overuled the recommendation of its own Historic Preservation Commission and taken the matter away from the Zoning Board which had been holding hearings on the matter. Story here: View link.

CSWalczak on February 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

The latest episode in the saga of the Beach 4: View link

CSWalczak on May 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm

This article has some additional information, though no really good news: View link

Mikeoaklandpark on May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

Ugh what a sad ending to a great theater. And to think the Frank company is opening yeat another theater.(see the news from a few days ago)

CSWalczak on May 13, 2010 at 9:54 am

Here is an update; things are rather dismal – the not-for-profit that ran the theater is out of funds, and the city is demanding a loan it made to the foundation be repaid; the foundation is also being sued by Frank Theatres. Story here: View link

Mikeoaklandpark on May 13, 2010 at 8:08 am

Any updates on this theater. The phone number is disconnected.

nerwall16 on April 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

as summer nears, what will become of the beach theater

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Joe Vogel on December 4, 2009 at 12:50 am

A glimpse of the interior of the Beach Theatre appeared as the frontispiece to the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice, November 4, 1950.

nerwall16 on October 21, 2009 at 8:06 pm

the harbor 5 will be next, sad but after being used by this company this summer im not shocked

CSWalczak on October 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Although the demolition permit has been issued, there is still an effort going on to save the theater. Here are two recent articles:
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HowardBHaas on May 4, 2009 at 4:06 pm

if you type exactly in search exactly
Boxoffice March 5, 1955

and type 101 in page for Philadelphia’s Viking Theatre spread it says architect Lee won a national architectural award for the Beach

HowardBHaas on October 20, 2008 at 9:35 am

Thanks, the “Live” will get added to functions, likely within a day or two.

kencmcintyre on October 20, 2008 at 9:24 am

According to the theater site, they are also presenting live performances. That should be added as a function.

HowardBHaas on July 3, 2008 at 8:56 am

June 27, 2008 online article in National Trust magazine:
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TheaterBuff1 on June 13, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Who knows? With soooo much corruption going on in that state now, to be able to accurately predict anything a week or even three days from now is a total gamble. I don’t want to say it’s an ongoing case of business as usual, because that would mean it’s a case of predictability that could then be overcome on that basis. That is, if you know exactly where the mines are planted the sky’s the limit on how far you can go without getting blasted away. But in this case, the position of the underground planted mines are constantly shifting, and it’s not like they’re glow-in-the-dark jellyfish so that you can keep a constant track of where they are next as you enter into the Atlantic Ocean for a midnight swim, even with your head a little tipsy from the Cape May nightclub you were in moments before. That was the old South Jersey. This is the new, what more can I say?

markp on June 13, 2008 at 7:23 pm

What will happen after the one year lease is up? Will the foundation get more time to try and save this theare? As a non-profit, they should be allowed ample time to try and secure the funding neede to purchase and save this theatre.

TheaterBuff1 on May 8, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Boy, that effort to try to resuscitate it didn’t last long, did it? But with Corzine’s being the current governor of New Jersey I’m not at all surprised. For you see how he’s going after the state’s parks now, the big “get in, make a bundle, get out while you still can” kind of thing, leaving the citizens of the state to only remember what once was once he’s gone. Condos have their place. But geeze, in highly historic Cape May? What could possibly be a bigger deathknell for the state over than that? In light of that I sure hope the Beach 4 can find some way to survive. It’s a beautiful theater, going by all recent photos I’ve seen of it, masterfully designed by W.H.Lee no less. But with Hurricane Jon Corzine pending, who knows?

markp on May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm

I saw this article in todays Star Ledger. They want to tear it down for condo’s. Give me a break.