Towne 16 Movie Theater Egg Harbor Twp., NJ, Demolition Pictures

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For the first time in over 72 years, there is no trace of a movie theater in the former Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township.

If you’ve seen the demolition of the old Towne 16 Theater at Black Horse Pike and Tilton Road over the past few months, it’s completely gone now. The last walls fell on Tuesday July 12.

You can trace the history of seeing a movie there to June 16, 1950. That’s when the Atlantic Drive-in, which could hold some 900 cars, opened. According to cinematreasures.org, the first movies released were “Whispering Smith” starring Alan Ladd and Kirk Douglas in “My Dear Secretary.”

At one point, the Towne 4 was built in front of the drive-in. The two theaters co-existed until the drive-in closed in the mid-1980s. Over the years, the Towne 4 expanded to 12 screens, then eventually to 16.

Everything was fine until…

Everything seemed to be going well until the theater abruptly closed in early 2019. At the time, owner Bruce Frank told The Press of Atlantic City that the theater would reopen in the near future, remodeled with recliners , a full bar, arcade and a bowling alley. These plans never materialized and the theater remained closed.

Listed for sale

In the summer of 2019, the theater was listed for sale along with the neighboring former Outback Steakhouse building for $3.8 million. The asking price was lowered to $3 million several months later.

The speculation begins

Last summer a chain link fence was erected around the entire property and I speculated if the building was going to be demolished which started last spring.

Speculation becomes reality

As a fan of theaters, I made it a point to stop frequently at Towne 16 to immortalize his disappearance. The images below show a maze of hallways and theaters reduced to rubble.

Daily footage of the Towne 16 Theater demolition in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

Remembering 21 drive-in theaters in Old South Jersey and what’s there now

South Jersey once had nearly two dozen drive-through cinemas – only one remains today. Let’s take a look at these old theaters and what replaced them.

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