The Warner Theatre in Atlantic City, New Jersey is one of the most beautiful movie theaters ever built in American history.

The iconic facade has endured the test of time from 1929 to the present.

Below, are two great photos that depict the Warner Theatre in 1929 (at the time of its grand opening) and right before recent renovations were completed a few months ago.

Kenneth McIntyre Photo from 1929.
Kenneth McIntyre Photo from 1929.
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It is as spectacular in 2023 as it was in 1929.

On Friday, June 30, 2023, “The Hook" began its residency at The Warner Theatre. It has been incredibly well received.

The dynamic show features breathtaking acrobatics, magnificent physiques on display, and powerful comedy.

Each week, they present an international cast, starring comedy hosts, acrobats, and other various artists from around the world.

It’s a Las Vegas-style entertainment and dining concept coming to Atlantic City. It worked.

It is presented by Caesars Atlantic City and it has been billed as the first permanent entertainment residency of its kind.

Caesars has partnered with Spiegelworld, which is an entertainment company that produces live events, coupled with dining experiences in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A custom-built venue was constructed for “The Hook” and it showcases the beautiful facade restoration of Atlantic City's historic Warner Theatre.

Cal McCrystal is the director of "The Hook."

This has been a homecoming for McCrystal who grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey.

The Warner Theatre is an exquisite example of the rich and storied history of Atlantic City.

So much of Atlantic City’s past grand buildings are gone forever. It’s great to see the opulent Warner Theatre has a new lease on life and can now be here for generations to come.

NOTE: Atlantic City, New Jersey was once a mecca for movie theaters.

According to Allen F. Hauss, author of the book South Jersey Movie Houses, Atlantic City once had 30 movie theaters.

We've been able to locate 24 of them. All but one have since closed. At this time, only the IMAX Theater at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino remains open in Atlantic City.

Here is our partial list of 24 movie theaters in Atlantic City over the years. If you know of more, please let us know and we'll add them to our list.

  • Alan Theater
  • Apollo Theater
  • Beach Theater
  • Biiou Theater
  • Capitol Theater
  • Center Theater
  • Charles Theater
  • Earle Theater
  • Embassy Theater
  • Frank's Arcade Theater
  • Globe Theater
  • George Hamid Million Dollar Pier Theater
  • Hollvwood Theater
  • IMAX Theater at Tropicana (OPEN)
  • Kinetoscope Theater
  • Roxy Theater
  • Sansom Cinema
  • Savoy Theater
  • Shore Theater
  • Steel Pier Theater
  • Strand Theater
  • Towne Cinema
  • Virginia Theater
  • Warren Theater

SOURCES: Allen F. Hauss &

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