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

Filmmaker Kevin Smith buys the movie theater that made him fall in love with movies.

The 52-year-old Red Bank, New Jersey native buys the Atlantic Moviehouse in Atlantic Highlands, where his father took him as a child, sometimes allowing him to cut school for the experience.

The filmmaker, who broke the news on instagramis expected to close the deal on the property, which he will co-own with his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith and other trading partners on September 14.

His plans to renovate the interior of the 250-seat theater, already renamed SModcastle Cinemas, include erecting a mural in the lobby featuring characters from his films shot in New Jersey.

Smith, pictured above in 2019, plans to extensively renovate the theater.
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The Atlantic Moviehouse in the Atlantic Highlands
The original building dates from 1912.
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They include “Clerks”, which was shot in convenience stores and video stores where it worked in real life for $27,575 and earned $3 million at the box office – “Mallrats”, “Chasing Amy” and ” Dogma”.

He also pledged to host live shows, create a “Merry Marvel Movie Society” for fans of Marvel Studios releases, and open an on-site film school.

Smith also plans to live in the apartment above the theater, a twist on his childhood dream of living in a movie theater, he said in his post.

Kevin Smith with Jason Mewes
Smith, pictured with Jason Mewes, also plans to live in the apartment above the theatre.
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The Atlantic Moviehouse in the Atlantic Highlands
Smith is expected to close the deal in September.
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“This is definitely not an investment deal,” Smith told NJ Advance Media. “It’s about owning a little piece of my personal cinematic history, a building that helped shape the filmmaker I would become.”