After 65 years, the legendary Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven is closing its doors.

Trev and John Cafferty at the Surflight Theatre
Steve Trevelise

The legendary Surflight Theatre in LBI is unfortunately closing its doors after it declared bankruptcy, according to The theatre opened in 1950 but had recently been facing financial troubles which it could unfortunately no longer sustain.

I had the pleasure of performing there many times: opening for Uncle Floyd and Bobby Collins;  and hosting for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band and the Mahoney Brothers' “Long live The Beatles” show. A lot of magical things have happened at this theater. One time when I was hosting “Voyage," an incredible Journey tribute band, American Idol winner Constantine Maroulis came out on stage for the encore and later hung out and took pictures with my nieces backstage.

The Surflight was a great, little theatre which brought some wonderful entertainment to the people of Long Beach Island--my family included. I’m going to miss it and hope that it’s replaced by something that can keep the crowds coming. In the meantime “Salute Surflight”!

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