Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas

1502 Route 35 S.,
Ocean Township, NJ 07712

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

Here’s the text of the WordOnTheShore article posted by fred1 on October 17, 2016:

OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The town’s movie theater will definitely be reopening…but exactly when is anybody’s guess.

Cine Grand Middlebrook, a movie theater located at 1502 Route 35 in Ocean Township, is currently closed for renovations and has been since February.

After months of seeing no work being done at the site and no updates from the theater’s Facebook page, a post was made yesterday.

“We are aware that this project has taken longer than hoped for,” the post states. “However, we find it in the best interests of both ourselves and the customers to handle it meticulously.”

The post states that the theater will be reopening “sooner” than people think and that the owners do have a set opening date.

After initially trying to remain open during the renovation process, the decision was made to close, renovate, and then re-open the newly-renovated theatre.

The exact details of the renovations are not clear but a response to a Facebook comment stated that they will include, “significantly more lobby space, vastly improved lighting and seating and a very unique ambiance.”

“We are not redecorating, we are truly remodeling this old thing,” the response states.

Cine Grand, a Netherlands-based international movie theater chain, began leasing the theater in 2014, after Bow Tie Cinemas allowed its lease to expire.

fred1 on November 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm

That is good news.

markp on November 16, 2016 at 8:31 am

Yesterday on their facebook page they posted that they are accepting applications this Thursday and Friday. The reopening cant be far behind.

fred1 on October 17, 2016 at 9:32 am

He is an article about the prolong rehabilitation of the middlebrook


markp on October 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm

I drove by here about 2 weeks ago. It is far from ready to reopen. I have no idea what the delay is, but the windows were covered with brown paper and there was no sign of activity. Sad because this place holds a special place in my heart.

fred1 on August 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm

I wonder that Cinegrand did not proper funded the renovations ,and ran out of money

markp on August 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm

According to the website, still no showtimes listed. Is it possible this place has been closed for renovations since the early spring??

fred1 on April 3, 2016 at 8:48 am

Here is the theater’s website http://www.cinegrand.us/

John Fink
John Fink on April 2, 2016 at 10:40 am

Currently undergoing a remodel under CineGrand – I believe recliner seats are on the way. CineGrand’s website is a bit odd (they run three others theaters, one in MN, one in CA and this one — talk about geographic diversity!). I think they fancy themselves as a luxury operator, they may be in Bulgaria — personally I think this site would have been a good one for a middle of the road dine-in theatre.

rivest266 on April 2, 2016 at 10:05 am

October 21st, 1994 grand opening ad in photo section.

markp on May 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Drove by this place today for the first time in a long time. The marquee by the highway still bears clearview cinemas on it. So Bow tie never bothered to change it, and now this cine grand outfit hasnt done anything either. I hate to see what the inside of the theatres look like, or what the presentation looks like.

John Fink
John Fink on November 8, 2014 at 6:23 am

They’re an exhibitor from the Netherlands – from the looks of their website they have four theaters – one each in India, Bulgaria, Romania and Ocean, New Jersey………


markp on November 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Never heard of CINE-GRAND

gershonsafe7 on November 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

theatre has re-opened under CINE-GRAND.

markp on November 6, 2014 at 10:01 am

Never had a scratch in the 9 years I was a projectionist there. But that all ended in march 2004

zabler on November 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

Place was in poor shape, I saw a film there that had a yellow scratch throughout the entire film. At least they comped us at the end.

zabler on November 6, 2014 at 9:29 am

Place was in poor shape, I saw a film there that had a yellow scratch throughout the entire film. At least they comped us at the end.

gershonsafe7 on November 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm

In response to the person about amc getting clearance.This is no longer permitted by the Film Companies.Whoever takes this theatre over,it needs alot of work to compete.

John Fink
John Fink on November 3, 2014 at 7:42 am

I had visited this theater last summer – this was my last first run 35MM experience! The theatre was in pretty good shape – certainly not dirty or in disrepair as far as I can tell, but between the 35MM (they had at least one digital 3D set up) and the Clearview sign in the parking lot the writing was on the wall that it might not stick around for a while. (Hopefully for the new operators it doesn’t stay closed for too long, otherwise AMC might demand clearance).

markp on November 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I havent been in there since I left in March 2004 as the last union projectionist. It wasnt bad then. How dirty and in disrepair is it??

gershonsafe7 on November 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm

if any company plans on taking this theatre over,they will need to renovate. This theatre is old and dirty.

markp on November 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Drove by here today. Really strange closing. All poster cases still have posters of all recent movies. A box was on the boxoffice counter that said RealD 3D glasses. And not one sign or mention that its closed or a new owner coming in. Also the old marquee on Rte 35 still says Clearview Cinemas on it. I guess Bowtie wasnt putting any money into this place.

markp on October 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Wow, thats a shame. I really loved this place when I was projectionist there from 1995 to 2004. The AMC up the road has always been a drag on this theatre. And another problem was each time someone new took over they kept changing the policy, prices, showtimes, etc.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

Friday 10/24/14 seemed to be the last day of operations by Bow Tie. A woman answering the box office phone (732-493-2277) said Bow Tie is out of there and a new operator is coming in. She believes the name is Cine Grand but she wasn’t sure of the exact name or the date they will reopen.

markp on October 28, 2014 at 5:15 am

This theatre is no longer listed on the Bow Tie website. Is it closed? Or was it taken over by a different chain.