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I lived in Manalapan and went to this theater all the time growing up in the 80s. I distinctly remember it as a Music Makers cinema (their logo was 2 letter Ms together). The auditoriums were long, narrow, and quite cavernous. I saw many movies there, including, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Tron, Rocky III, Gremlins, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Back to the Future 2, 2010, The Addams Family, Perfect, and Nothing In Common.
In the mid 90s, they became known in the area as the $2 theater, where they would show second run films. At the time, the Metroplex at the Freehold Raceway Mall was thriving up the road on the south-bound side of Route 9, and Freehold Cinema 6 was not probably the theater of choice in the area. Nevertheless, I remember still going there a lot in it’s later days. I saw Congo, Boogie Nights, Romy and Michelle High School Reunion, The Wedding Singer, The Object of My Affection, and Mulan there later on.
Recently, I stopped by the place when I was looking for a gym to join, for as someone mentioned previously, Work Out World is there now. They gave me a tour, and from walking around, it still seems like the movie theater was there once.
I miss this theater a lot!