Dover Theater

Route 37 & Route 166,
Toms River, NJ 08753

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This was, at one time, THE major movie theater in Toms River. When the Seacourt Pavilion Theater opened in the late-1980’s, the Dover Theater switched to showing second run movies for $2; later $3 right before they closed for good.

The building was used for storage, however the marquee still stands in front of the building, advertising the other stores in the strip mall. It was demolished in March 2011.

Contributed by Jim George

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teecee
teecee on November 4, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Dover I & II CLOSED ? 1980-? 1998
Owners:
1980-1985 Music Makers Group, Inc., The
1990 Loew’s
1995-1998 Sony Theatre Management Corp

excerpted from http://movie-theatre.org/usa/nj/tomsriver.pdf

FrankSantos
FrankSantos on March 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

Demolished as of this date 3-7-11 to make way for a Super ShopRite supermarket.

markp
markp on March 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Prior to Music Makers Group, this was a Walter Reade Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

The Music Makers circuit acquired the Dover and Community theaters in Toms River from SWK Theatres in 1976, according to a report in Boxoffice of October 18 that year. Music Makers planned to give the 800-seat Dover a complete modernization and redecoration. It would operated as a first run house with a $3.00 admission price, while the larger Community Theatre would become a sub-run house charging $1.50.

JeffS
JeffS on May 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

Now demolished. I was down there on Friday. The mall building that the theater was in is gone, and the land already being reconfigured for another complex of some sort. The Marquee still stands on County 166, but I don’t know if it will remain.

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