Margate Theater

Ventnor Avenue & Devlin Avenue,
Margate City, NJ 08402

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Previously operated by: Frank Theatres

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Margate Theater

Opened on June 25, 1938, this theater was owned by Warren Weiland. The theater was listed in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook (under nearby Atlantic City).

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Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 7, 2006 at 5:28 pm

The Sensuround films were played at the Ventnor, which was a single screen in 1975. The Margate was twinned by “THE FRANKS” in 1973 and could not have Sensuround. I believed that the reopened it early in December of that year. The Main projectionists at tha time were Ed Hodge & Al Greenwood. The Margate opened in 1937. It had simular architecture to the Embassy. The roof of the autitorium was barn shaped and ran paralell to Ventnor Ave. The door to the booth open right behind the snack bar. This made it fun to interact with the cute candy girls. “THE FRANKS” built a new projection booth in front of the old one. It was a semi automated change over booth. The original Simplex XL’s were retained but got new Christe xenon lamphouses. the smaller side got the old E-7s from the Towne Cinema (Astor), Peerless Magnarcs. Both side got 6000' reels. I’m sure that it was still open in 1984. I was hired to just manage. Bob lord of Northfield was the projectionist. The shows were “Lady In Red”, and “Places In The Heart” By that time the Margate got Platters. BTW, at the time time all of “THE FRANKS” concessions were leased out to the Walter Reade Organization.

kencmcintyre on November 2, 2007 at 10:24 am

It probably was the Ventnor. It’s been a while.

pcimin00 on January 18, 2008 at 1:44 pm

I moved away from margate on 6/28/1984,the last movie I saw at this Theater was Silkwood In Feb 1984 9:30? It was a Late show I moved out of the area but Had access to The Atlantic city Press In the summer of 1991 and It was Listed as open showing City Slickers and something else,I have fond memories of this Theater , It usually Had a 2PM Matinee every sat and sun I walked to the Theater In May of 1979 to watch The China syndrome,and This Is the only Time In my life I could Remember this happenning,I was the only 1 there,the must have realized It right away The Movie did not start they were still showing a preview for a Movie Called ALIEN and the woman from the box office came In and said they were not going to show a Movie for 1 person,I was 12 years old,they gave me my money back and sent me home,I remember In the Summer of 1980 they Ran The Blue Lagoon and MY Bodyguard all summer until 10/3/1980,they ran the goodbye girl a long time and also Held on to You Light Up my life a long time,they ran ANNIE HALL a long time and I saw The Resucers There….
Thanks for reading all this…..

jillperry on March 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I worked at the Margate Theater and the projectionist taught me how to run a film through a projection machine. I was one of the “cute” candy girls that he got to mingle with when cutting through to go in/out of the booth. Wonderful old funny man named Bob, as I recall. It was owned & operated by the Franks. When I worked there in the 80s my father George Perry was the Franks General Manager of there theater chain all over New Jersey. In its place are now condos.

TheALAN on March 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

That’s WEILAND, not WETLAND. Warren Weiland was a theater owner. Someone needs For Eyes!

markp on April 1, 2014 at 6:54 am

What year was this theatre demolished?

TheALAN on April 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Margate Theater and Margate Twin are the same theater. The Margate Theater was located on Ventnor Avenue. Does anyone know what the exact address was? Any other info. on this theater?

Cdelross on August 11, 2016 at 7:51 am

I have a strong memory of seeing a movie here with my father in August of 1989. I guess that would have been right before it closed?

Smokedawg10 on August 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

I lived in in Margate from age 9 to 14 from 1979 to 1984. I remember that theater well. As kids we would sneak in that side door all the time. I remember seeing Kramer vs. Kramer but that’s about it. It was on Delavan and ventnor ave.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm

In the mid 60’s they got My Fair Lady after it played wherever it played in AC and in 1973 they got the move over of Last Tango In Paris after the Apollo closed in early August when the lease ran out. They also had Funny Lady all summer of 1975.

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