Towns Need to Step Up

Oct 05, 2016

To the Editor:

I read with great hope the article on the attempts to save the Surflight Theatre complex (“Surflight Theatre Future Has Hope If Quick Action,” 9/28) and hope that Long Beach Township will join Beach Haven to save this important LBI cultural landmark. 

Now that there are no movie theaters on the Island, Surflight is needed more than ever. It has been able, in the past, to present excellent, high-quality productions, such as “Les Miserables,” “A Chorus Line” and “Miss Saigon.” These productions attracted many people from off the Island to the theater and most likely to restaurants and post-theater establishments, as well.

It is really important that Surflight be saved and reopened, and I can only hope that both Island towns will step up and help.

Frank J. Lumia, M.D.

Long Beach Township




Comments (1)
Posted by: Jean D Ragone | Oct 13, 2016 07:53

I am not sure why the towns need to "step up" to save the Surflight.  If the patrons/people who are interested in continuing the operation of the Surflight can't or won't step up, why should taxpayers who have no interest with this theatre be burdened.  The Surflight has been a failing business for years, falling further and further into debt even with private loans and donation.  It has either been grossly mismanaged by the people who want to continue operating it or there simply is not enough interest (revenue/ticket sales) to support it.

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