Ocean County Mall Cinema

1201 Hooper Avenue,
Toms River, NJ 08753

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 29, 2016 at 7:29 pm

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

dondoubleu3
dondoubleu3 on August 19, 2010 at 12:24 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
PirateJim on November 4, 2008 at 8:46 am

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

zaxxon25
zaxxon25 on April 13, 2007 at 8:41 am

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
Borgata on February 27, 2007 at 11:52 am

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
teecee on September 14, 2005 at 4:16 am

Here is a marquee photo:
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cinemaguy
cinemaguy on June 29, 2005 at 5:53 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 1:13 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
teecee on June 17, 2005 at 3:55 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
teecee on June 16, 2005 at 7:51 am

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
teecee on June 16, 2005 at 5:50 am

This mall opened in 1976.

John Fink
John Fink on June 8, 2005 at 10:52 pm

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™
dave-bronx™ on March 12, 2005 at 2:38 am

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

teecee
teecee on March 11, 2005 at 9:05 pm

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

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on October 11, 2004 at 9:26 pm

This needs to be listed under General Cinema.