Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas

Middlebrook Shopping Center, 1502 Route 35 S.,
Ocean Township, NJ 07712

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Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas

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Operated by Clearview Cinemas, in June 2013, it was taken over by Bow-Tie Cinemas when they took most Clearview locations.

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 14, 2006 at 3:46 am

Pretty unremarkable, but inexpensive. Friendly staff.

I think the actual name is Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas.

Ocean Township is its location, not its name.

joemasher
joemasher on October 29, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Correct—it is the Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas. This 10 was built to replace the twin that still stands (as a tire store) a few hundred feet away. It was scheduled to open as a Loews, but they pulled out mid-construction to build at the Monmouth Mall about 4 miles away. An independent stepped in and finished the theater, and since he was able to open before the Monmouth Mall Cinema the Galleria was able to play day-and-date with them and still can to this day. Clearview Cinemas bought this theater from the independent in the late 90’s. This theater has the largest seat count in the Clearview chain.

JKane
JKane on December 1, 2006 at 7:07 pm

The Galleria is a pretty bland venue but it does sport a $5 matinee admission for first-run films and has, as cited above, a friendly vibe. Would be interested in seeing a per-room seating capacity; the rooms I’ve seen there have all been small.

daninnj
daninnj on January 31, 2007 at 2:47 am

I remember when this was being built since my nanny lives in the apartments right across from the building.

The old theater was actually the fitness center right next to it, not the tire shop across the street. I remember going there to see Mrs. Doubtfire when I was five.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 27, 2007 at 9:31 am

Clearview Classics, June 14-17 Grease, June 21-24 All about Eve, June 28-July 1 Animal House, July 5-8 Superman, July 12-15 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, July 19-22 Goonies, July 26-29 Ghostbusters, Aug 2-5 The NeverEnding Story, Aug 9-12 Batman, Aug 16-19 Goldfinger

markp
markp on March 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Its been 4 years since Clearview kicked us UNION projectionists out of here, but if memory serves me, the seat counts were as follows, (or pretty close)
Cinema 1 320 seats
Cinema 2 292
Cinema 3 265
Cinema 4 156
Cinema 5 193
Cinema 6 193
Cinema 7 155
Cinema 8 312
Cinema 9 292
Cinema 10 320
I remember when I was there with my partner, we always had 100% perfect projection. I don’t know what its like now, since I’ve been gone for the past 4 years. This is one theatre, that in all my 33 years of being a projectionist, that I can say I really miss working in. But Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers came in, and out we went. So I have moved on to other theatres, both film and stage, where I can say I am appreciated for what I do, not looked at as a liability, like it was here.

markp
markp on March 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Exactly 5 years ago this weekend, March 7, Clearview kicked the union projectionists out of this theatre and Edison, and with it, the best presentations they would ever have. I can only imagine what it must be like now, 5 years later.

markp
markp on September 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

After 9 ½ years of not wanting to step near this place after Clearview dumped the union projectionists, now that Bow-tie is running it and has bargain Tuesdays, I may be so inclined to go see a movie here. Thinking about it.

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