(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- Celebrate the 75th year of the Algonquin in Manasquan on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. with a special birthday bash. Organizers are taking the Algonquin back to the movies this milestone birthday party all the way back to the first movie shown here in 1938, "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms" starring Shirley Temple. There will be a bouncing-ball sing-along and, like any proper birthday party, a birthday cake.
Admission prices for the party
have been rolled back to 1938 prices, with admission for adults set at
15 cents and children under 18 at 9 cents. Anyone born in or before 1938
will be admitted free. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets will be
sold at the theatre entrance. Donations to Algonquin Arts Theatre are
The evening's festivities will include a look back at the
theatre's history with the debut of the short film "In Their Own
Words," featuring interviews with the local residents that helped build
the theater and others who helped bring it back to life as a performing
arts venue in the early 1990s.
Brett Colby, the former Development
Director for Algonquin Arts Theatre will emcee. Colby has appeared on
the Algonquin stage many times, most recently has smooth-talking
salesman Harold Hill in the 2012 production of The Music Man.
At the end of the night, Algonquin ushers will distribute tickets to the theatre's 100th birthday bash slated for 2038!
by Lee Newbury, the Algonquin served as Manasquan's movie theater for
44 years, from 1938-1981. In 1994 the once-derelict and abandoned movie
theater was rescued and transformed into a year-round, multi-form
performing arts center. Today, the theatre is owned and operated by
Algonquin Arts Theatre, a non-profit organization.
1992, the non-profit's mission is to provide cultural enhancement and
arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore through high-quality
performances and programs in theatre, music, film and dance. The end
goal is to foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong
learning, particularly among underserved audiences including the
economically disadvantaged, senior citizens and individuals with
The theatre's 2013-14 season kicks off on Friday,
Sept. 27, with two weekends of the self-produced Broadway musical "The
Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New
Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency
of the National Endowment for the Arts; by funds from the Paul F. Zito,
M.D. Educational Foundation, by Simon Kaufman, Esq. & Maria
Zito-Kaufman and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.