Tilton 8 Theater Gets Another Chance to Shine

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A shuttered 53-year-old movie theater in Atlantic County is getting another chance to shine.

On December 20th, owners of the Harbor Square Theatre in Stone Harbor announced via Facebook that they're taking over a recently closed theater, Tilton 8 Theater of Northfield. The post drew in a lot of attention with almost two thousand shares.

"People are definitely attached to this theater here," said Brett Denafo, partner. "They grew up with this theater. Our fathers, parents, everybody has come to this theater. So, I think there’s an attachment here that I didn’t realize before we took this over that really enjoy the Tilton Theater.”

On December 23, 1965, the single screen Tilton Theater opened it’s doors to the public. It was known for having one of the largest screens in the area during its time. Over the years, the theater underwent many renovations and additions. By 2012, it added it’s most recent attraction, IMAX.

Unfortunately, as of late September, the doors closed for what seemed like for good.

“We were talking about this theater for a while and this theater became available at the end of September," said Denafo. "We got a call from the Gurwicz, that own the mall here and own the property. They were very excited to try to bring us aboard knowing our background of what we’ve done at the Harbor Square Theater.”

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Denafo and his partners renovated what’s now the Harbor Square Theatre in Stone Harbor back in 2016. Its transformation created a lot of excitement for the shore town as well as a brand new dining experience while watching movies. The partners are now expanding a similar concept throughout South Jersey.

“Here, it’s going to be more of a traditional movie theater, just with recliners and a little bit more upscale in concession," said Denafo. "We’ll have more food because the recliners will have like a table.”

The newly renovated Tilton 8 will be the first theater in Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties to have recliner seating, but unlike its sister theater, the Tilton 8 will not have a liquor license to start. 

“We’re hoping to have a nice grand opening for everybody in the area before we open,” said Denafo.

The anticipated opening date will be just in time for the premiere of the new Captain Marvel movie, which will be out on March 8th.


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