2217 Atlantic Avenue,
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Previous Names: Cozy Theatre, Palace Theatre, Surf Theatre
Located between Christopher Columbus Boulevard and N. Mississippi Avenue on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City. The old Surf Theatre was badly damaged in a fire on November 22, 1963 (Yes, same day of the JFK assassination). Charles Tannambaum re-built it and opened in 1964 and renamed it the Charles Theatre. It was very modern with drop ceiling, wall drapes, large lobby and an art gallery with complimentary expresso bar and color TV! I think the theatre seated around 600. The booth had a pair of Simplex E-7 projectors and Peerless Magnarc carbon lamps retrieved from the fire. RCA tube sound was used.
In 1976 Tannambaum was excited about casino gambling coming to Atlantic City. He said that we would be able to run continuous instead of nightly. The final movie screened at the Charles Theatre was Wilbur ‘Hi-Fi’ White in “Penitentiary” in December 1979 and it was soon demolished. The site became a Kinney parking lot. Tannambaum (who was a co-owner of the Tilton Twin in Northfield) took an upper eschelon managment job with Ceasars World Casino-Hotel.
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