Atlantic Cinemas will reopen on Thursday, October 15, with a showing of Infidel, an inspired by true events political thriller starring Jim Caviezel.
Thereafter, the theater will be open for first run movies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, owner Fred Rast said. Private parties, concerts, films by independent local producers will occur whenever they are available and scheduled.
In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rast blamed government regulation on the scaled back schedule.
“Due to the imposed minimum wage increases and benefits required by the State of New Jersey for mandatory vacation pay “disguised as sick leave”, even for part time employees, coupled with only 25% capacity restrictions, it is obvious that all theaters are hard pressed to reopen and stay open.”
Atlantic Cinemas is located at 82 First Ave in Atlantic Highlands.