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The Iconic Surflight Theatre and Showplace Ice Cream Parlor Reopens Today

The iconic Surflight Theatre and Show Place Ice Cream Parlour reopened Friday, June 23 with a performance of Footloose.

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — The iconic Surflight Theatre and Show Place Ice Cream Parlour reopened Friday, June 23 with a performance of Footloose.

Under the new ownership of Al Parinello Entertainment LLC, the Surflight Theatre’s 68th year will begin with new sound and lighting, a newly renovated stage, new curtain and a range of plans for improvements over the next five years.

The Surflight Theatre has always been vital to its shore community, representing a wholesome venue for family fun and memories shared by multiple generations. It served as a community hub, a place where aspiring actors got their start, a return to simpler times and the essence of summer ‘down the shore for hundreds of thousands of fans. The beloved theater has won numerous awards its opening in 1950.  

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The Surflight Theatre is located at 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven.To buy tickets, call 609-492-9477 or visit

About Surflight Theatre
Founded by Joseph P. Hayes as a beach-side, outdoor theater in 1950 in Beach Haven, the Surflight Theatre is a venerable institution acclaimed for its excellent quality theatrical productions of Broadway hits. In its 60-plus years on the Jersey Shore, the nonprofit theater has put on hundreds of musical productions for adults and children, serving generations of fans from around the world. In addition to its musicals, the Surflight Theatre also offers a series of concerts and educational programs. The theater reopened with the original mission of its founder, Joseph P. Hayes: to serve as a training ground for young artists in a supportive summer stock environment and to provide quality entertainment to the residents and vacationers of Long Beach Island.


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