Beach Theatre

1318 Atlantic Avenue,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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A pre-World War I theater that was the last cinema to operate in Atlantic City (until the recent opening of an IMAX venue), staying open as an adult house until it was damaged by fire around 1990.

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kencmcintyre on January 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm

New building at 1318 or the same building as in the 1980s photos? What do you think? Take a look at the same brick building to the left in both photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

The building in Google street view does look like the Beach building in the 1981 photo, with some of the windows sealed up. The Bing Maps bird’s eye view shows that there’s auditorium behind it, too, and it looks quite old. The Beach has not been demolished— or at least hadn’t been at the time the Google and Bing images were made.

kencmcintyre on January 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

My guess would be that is the same building. The dimensions are too similar, besides no one wants to build anything new on Atlantic Avenue at this point.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 2, 2010 at 6:56 am

Looking a the bird’s eye view from Bing that’s definitely a theatre building there. The status of this one should be changed to “Closed.”

BuckyKatt on March 20, 2012 at 3:24 am

As Roger Katz noted, the building still exists. I used to work a few doors down the street and frequented the stores there… the check cashing place is not connected to the theater… but the bodega and the tiny pizzeria are. Since 2nd floor space in AC is worthless, to my knowledge, only the first floor is utilized. The bodega is run by some Asians, but I can’t remember their names… and if you enter the store, you can see how the floor slopes like the original theater entrance. Also, in the back of the store is a normally closed passageway that when opened, you can see into the theater itself, with its floor sloped down towards the screen.

jillperry on March 21, 2014 at 12:38 am

Crazy Bob Maderas, was correct with the Beach Theater building was owned by Charles Tannenbaum, but leased, run, and operated by George Perry and Perry Management. It burnt down in the early 80s and never recovered. It was the last operating movie theater in Atlantic City and ran x-rated films at that time. It was actually a beautiful theater with balcony seats.

TheALAN on April 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

PAB lists this theater under CITY SQUARE THEATRE in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, NJ. No additional details are listed. The Embassy Theatre, City Square Theatre, Shore Theatre, and Beach Theatre were various names for the same theater. Stores were built in front of the theater but that building remains behind those stores. Jersey Discount now claims the 1318 Atlantic Avenue address. The back of the old theater can be viewed from Central Avenue.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

TheAlan I grew up in AC and at least from 67 until it closed it was the Beach. The Embassy and Shore were two different theaters. The Embassy was part of the Apollo circuit chain along wioth the Strand and Apollo later sold to the dreadful Frank Theaters. The Shore along with the Hollywood, Center, Roxy and Virginia were part of the George A Hamid chain which also owned the Steel Pier and Million Dollar Pier.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Mikeoaklandpark: This theater was called the Shore from 1947 to 1952, and had opened as the Embassy Theatre in 1911. It became the City Square Theatre in the 1920s, and was the Beach Theatre from 1952 until closing.

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