Atlantic Cinemas

82 1st Avenue,
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

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Atlantic Cinemas - 2001

Originally built in 1912 as a garage, this opened as the Atlantic Theatre in 1921. Seating was provided for 670. It was twinned in 1983. From 1992 it became the Atlantic Triplex, this theatre now has five screens since July 1999.

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teecee on July 20, 2005 at 11:15 am

Upcoming event at a local church. They claim opening date is 1921. Too bad its not at the theater.

Showing the next day, Saturday, November 20, at 2:00 pm, again at St Agnes Church Hall, is A SILENT FILM FESTIVAL. This event celebrates the opening of the Atlantic Theatre in 1921 in Atlantic Highlands.

Featured films include: Charlie Chaplin playing an escaped convict, crashes a society party posing as a Count in THE ADVENTURER (1917); Buster Keaton works in a small-town vaudeville theater in THE PLAY HOUSE (1921); Snub Pollard explains the origins of Thanksgiving in THE COURTSHIP OF MILES SANDWICH (1923); and Laurel & Hardy attempts to sell Christmas trees to a very tough customer in BIG BUSINESS (1929).

Tickets for the Saturday showing are available at the door for $8.00 adults and children $5.00. Snacks will be available at a nominal price. See you there!!

agarway on September 22, 2005 at 1:54 pm

Hello Altantic:

Both my brother and I worked at the ol’d Atlantic in the mid-60’s. We were always under the careful eye of Lennie.

As a metter of fact I still sport a scar on my right hand from a cut I recived while trying to change a light bulb over the men’s room door. I still remember the lessons learned on how to operate the carbon filament arc projector.

Art (and Joe) Arway

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 11:35 am

Listed as a Brandt Theater in the 1961 FDY.

Theatergower on February 24, 2007 at 8:12 pm

This theater was one of the best thirty years ago. I recently bumped into one of the girls that used to work there as a candy girl. I asked her, “How come nobody has seen a female employee behind the candy stand or as an usher since the mid 70s?” She replied, “The owner seems to veer away from female employment for reasons that seem very odd to me. For the actually reason you would have to ask Mr. Leonard Edwards himself.” I asked, “Why?” I got no answer. I asked her about the employee’s that have been working there for quite sometime almost since the beginning. She remembered a few. I asked her about the benefits at the AC5. She replied, “Well there once was health insurance but for some reason the owner took it way.” I quickly replied, “Isn’t that illegal!” She said, “yes, but the owner doesn’t care, he could get away with murder and he always does.” Recently every happy going employee to begin working that lasts longer than three months seems to be severely depressed. The only one that seems to have a voice around there and any say what so ever that goes into that place is the owner. The owner really has bad business management skills there. One time I went to the movies there and the owner was be little-ing one of the managers over spille d popcorn on the lobby floor that wasn’t swept up when there was a ton of people in the lobby. I thought that was the wrong time to say something like that, it was uncalled for! I would have quit right then and there. I recently found out that the asst. managers and projectionists there are only paid $7.50/hr and not only do they have their manager responsibilities they have to perform various other fill-in jobs. I recently found out that the man that has been working their for a very, very, very long time who was promised the business after Edwards departure has made a career at of this place just on a promise. I really hope he doesn’t get screwed!

kencmcintyre on February 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Here is an undated photo of the Atlantic Theater on First Avenue. This is prior to major remodeling of the facade:

ridethectrain on September 24, 2020 at 10:53 pm

Please update, total seats 783 as per Atlantic Cinemas facebook page. Theatre 1 210 Theatre 2 170 Theatre 3 168 Theatre 4 140 Theatre 5 95

ridethectrain on September 25, 2020 at 3:14 am

Please update, became a Twin in fall of 1983, a triplex in 1992 and the current 5 screens in July 1999

ridethectrain on September 25, 2020 at 11:49 pm

Please update, theatre open in 1921 as per Atlantic Theatre website. No exact date.

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