The last 12 months have been difficult for Jersey Shore businesses, especially those in the entertainment industry.  After a year of limited capacity, one of the Jersey Shore's biggest theaters has closed its doors.

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Credit: Google Maps
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I received a note from a former employee of the Xscape Theatres Howell 14 that the theatre had closed.  They shared that the COVID regulations in the spring of 2020 forced them to suspend operations but in the fall of 2020 they decided to discontinue operating in Howell.  Immediately, I checked movie times. Nothing.  I checked the Xscape website and Howell was no longer listed.  I called the theatre multiple times and got voice mail, no return.  I think it is safe and sad to say...

The Xscape Theatres Howell 14 Has Closed

In April of 2016, the theatre opened to much fanfare boasting 70-foot screens and an incredible audio experience featuring Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.  Today, it joins a growing list of businesses that have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic.  And I want to send my best wishes to their former staff.  I'm so sorry.  I hope you're able to find a great new job and fast.

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