Ventnor Square Theatre

5211 Ventnor Avenue,
Ventnor City, NJ 08406

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Operated by: Square Theatres

Previously operated by: Frank Theatres

Architects: Armand de Cortieux Carroll

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Ventnor Theatre, Ventnor Twin Theatre

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Ventnor Square Theatre

Situated in the heart of Ventnor City, New Jersey, the Ventnor Square Theatre is the last remaining movie theatre on Absecon Island. All of the others have either burned or were demolished. It stands today as a magnificent example of the Art Deco style.

The 968-seat Ventnor Theatre opened on July 8, 1922 with George Arliss in “The Ruling Passion”. It was remodeled in an Art Deco style in 1936. It was twinned on June 15, 1979.

It had been closed for a few years after a city inspection revealed that it was on the verge of collapse in 1998. Many thought that it could not be saved. Fortunately, it was purchased at a very nominal cost and to everyone’s amazement, it was fully restored within just one year and reopened on June 16, 2001. It was twinned and closed on December 2, 2004.

In May 2018 plans were announced to gut the interior to create a 4-screen movie theatre, which was planned to opened as the Ventnor Square Theatre by spring of 2019. The interior was remodeled by co-owners Clint Buntin, Brett Denafo, and Scott Kauffman (and his father of the same name) into a 3-screen theatre. These men had previously renovated and reopened the Tilton Square Theatre in Northfield and the Harbor Square Theatre in Stone Harbor.

It reopened later than planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on May 22, 2021, as the Ventnor Square Theatre. The largest auditorium, with 272-seats, is curtained, has Dolby Atmos surround sound, has a stage for live entertainment and retains some original light fixtures. The other two auditoriums have 7.1 surround sound. All three screens have laser projection. There is also a restaurant and a bar. The railings, wood, and glass partitions of the staircase are original. The interior is meant to be retro 1920’s décor.

Contributed by Dan Sempsey, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 67 comments)

Cdelross on August 15, 2020 at 12:23 am

I forgot about that slope in the floor! It was so pronounced that you had to be careful setting a drink or anything that could tip over onto it. I mean, I’ll be real honest, by the time I started going here on my own in the mid 90s, it really wasn’t in great shape. But I found everything about it charming, even the weird mildew smell.

As far as the renovation, they’ve obviously run into many issues, the most recent being Covid, and two years into the process, it still looks a couple months off from being operational.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 29, 2020 at 3:06 pm

I worked there as a union projectionist from 1973-1984. I also lived in the top floor Apt. on Weymouth Ave., in 1974-75. I have one of the old Western Electric 35mm sound projectors in my garage. When the Franks twinned it in 1979, I became manager/projectionist.

fred1 on May 16, 2021 at 4:18 am

Will have new operators

ridethectrain on May 20, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Please update, grand opening May 22 with 3 screens and total seats 334 based on theatre ticketing system. Theatre 1 264 Theatre 2 37 and Theatre 3 33.

rivest266 on March 8, 2023 at 7:21 am

Reopened as the Ventnor Twin on June 15th, 1979. and posted.

rivest266 on March 9, 2023 at 12:18 pm

The Ventnor theatre opened on July 8th, 1922. Grand opening ad posted.

ridethectrain on March 9, 2023 at 2:54 pm

Please update, theatre was restored an open on June 16, 2001 under new management and closed December 2, 2004 as a Twin

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