Cinemagic Discount Theatre at Ocean Mall

1201 Hooper Avenue,
Toms River, NJ 08753

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dallasmovietheaters on February 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm

The Ocean County Mall launched on July 28, 1976 and General Cinema was there as an original tenant launching with “Logan’s Run,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and “Lifeguard.” GCC closed there on July 17, 1997 as more modern megaplexes were in favor.

Cinemagic took on the cinemas rebranding as Cinemagic at Ocean Mall on January 2, 1998 running a sub-run, discount operation. On July 17, 1998, the theater’s name became Cinemagic Discount Theater at Ocean County Mall. Cinemagic vanished on October 24, 2002. The theatre remained vacant for the remainder of its 30-year leasing cycle. It was then converted for other retail purposes.

rivest266 on March 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

July 28th, 1976 grand opening ad in photo section.

dondoubleu3 on August 19, 2010 at 6:24 am

Benihanna now open. Theatre used to have an upstairs restroom. Don’t know what happened to that space. May have removed second floor when it was gutted.

PirateJim on November 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm

The space for this theater is now currently being converted into a Benihanna restaurant …

zaxxon25 on April 13, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Saw several movies here while ‘down the shore’ as a youth, most memorably Red Dawn, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and A View to a Kill. Also saw some bad ones like European Vacation and The Man With One Red Shoe. Three theaters were side to side and I don’t recall any differences between them.

Borgata on February 27, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Nothing has occupied the space as of late 2006. The doors by the new Burger King and Friendly’s are there, but the lights in the hall are off, so you can’t really see in. The side by the Applebee’s is covered up by a wall.

teecee on September 14, 2005 at 10:16 am

Here is a marquee photo:
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cinemaguy on June 29, 2005 at 11:53 pm

Applebees did not replace the movie theatre, it is across the hall. Applebees replaced Burger King and Optical World. The new Burger King is around the corner by Sears and Friendly’s.

It was a General Cinema theatre which closed in the summer of 1997, then it reopened in the winter of 1998 as a Cinemagic Discount theatre, which closed again in September of 2002. It has been closed since.

I have not been there since November of 2002, does anyone know what replaced the movie theatre or does it still have the barricade covering up the front?

John Fink
John Fink on June 17, 2005 at 7:13 pm

General Cinemas. This one was a GC. I think when the lease expired it was aquired by Cinemagic, who opperated discount houses in the area. It closed sometime I think before or around 2000. I’m not from the area so I don’t know when GC stopped operating it, but it was diffinatly before the days of the AMC take over.

teecee on June 17, 2005 at 9:55 am

LM: I think that you have enough information to ‘book it Danno’!

PS – I have a 1991 NJ newspaper that can provide the theater chain information. My guess is GC or AMC.

teecee on June 16, 2005 at 1:51 pm

There was a Seaview Square Mall in Neptune. It is now a shopping center (Target, Costco, etc.). Perhaps there is a link between the two (PS Asbury Park is not too far away)

teecee on June 16, 2005 at 11:50 am

This mall opened in 1976.

John Fink
John Fink on June 9, 2005 at 4:52 am

Yep. General Cinema design with three large screens, the space is now occupied by Applebees.

Amazing it hung after Loews opened the Seacourt 10 literally across the street. I remember the design had bathrooms on the second floor. They also showed art films and Disney/Touchstone products to combat Loews/Sony.

This place was quite nice I remember (I was only there once)– a typical General Cinema. I miss them.

dave-bronx™ on March 12, 2005 at 8:38 am

Is it still open? If so, who’s running it, AMC or someone else?

teecee on March 12, 2005 at 3:05 am

Listed as a triplex in the 1/17/91 edition of the Star Ledger.

dave-bronx™ on October 12, 2004 at 3:26 am

This needs to be listed under General Cinema.