It looked like half of Texas wanted to be on hand in Atlantic Highlands Saturday evening for the re-opening of the popular movie theater on First Avenue, now renamed Atlantic Movie House.

Ribbon Cutting at Atlantic Movie House
Ribbon Cutting at Atlantic Movie House

New owners Tony Zertuche, originally from the Dallas area,  and his wife, Susanne, a New Jersey native officially re-opened the multi-theater facility with Mayor Loretta Gluckstein and County Commissioner Lillian G. Burry cutting the ribbon.

Atlantic Movie House owner
Former movie theater owner and operator and former mayor, Fred Rast (center), shares some tips on success with the new owner, Tony Zertuche. (left). Councilman James Murphy (facing away) offers Mr. Zertuche a bottle of champagne.

Tony told the crowd gathered for the occasion he and his wife looked long and hard for the perfect place to settle and acquire a theater and decided the Atlantic Highlands First Avenue location was the very best they could find outside of Texas. And they already love it here, he added, as the new business officially got underway.

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