Kevin Smith buys NJ movie theater that inspired him as a kid

Kevin Smith buys NJ movie theater that inspired him as a kid

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is shopping for the movie show that made him fall in love with filmmaking.

The 52-year-old Crimson Financial institution, New Jersey, native is buying the Atlantic Moviehouse in Atlantic Highlands, the place his father introduced him as a baby, typically permitting him to chop faculty for the expertise.

The filmmaker, who introduced the information on Instagram, is predicted to shut the deal on the property, which he’ll co-own together with his spouse, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith and different enterprise companions, on Sept. 14.

His plans on renovating the 250-seat inside of the theater, already renamed SModcastle Cinemas, contain erecting a mural within the foyer that includes characters from his films that had been set in New Jersey.

Smith, pictured above in 2019, has plans to extensively renovate the theater.Getty Pictures

The unique constructing dates again to 1912.Courtesy of Lenny Edwards

They embrace “Clerks,” — which was shot in comfort and video shops the place he labored in actual life for $27,575 and earned a staggering $3 million on the field workplace — “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma.”

He additionally pledged to host lives reveals, create a “Merry Marvel Film Society” for followers of Marvel Studios releases and open a movie faculty on the premises.

Smith additionally plans to dwell within the condo above the theater, a twist on his childhood dream of dwelling in a movie show, he stated in his submit.

Smith, pictured with Jason Mewes, additionally plans to dwell within the condo above the theater.Getty Pictures

Smith is predicted to shut the deal in September.Instagram/@jayandsilentbobstash

“This actually isn’t about an funding deal,” Smith instructed NJ Advance Media. “That is about proudly owning a bit piece of my private film historical past, a constructing that helped forge the filmmaker that I’d turn into.”

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