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Aberdeen theater turning into brewery, 'Rocky Horror' show moving out

By Alex Biese and David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press

ABERDEEN - The lights will dim at the Bow Tie Strathmore Cinemas in Aberdeen, with the longtime movie theater slated to become a craft brewery and brew pub in 2020.

Replacing the Strathmore at 1055 Route 34 will be the craft brewery and brew pub Alternate Ending Beer Co. Founder, CEO and head brewer Scott Novick said the brewery expects to open in spring 2020.

Bow Tie Cinemas could not be reached for comment about its plans. Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini said he believes the theater will close sometime at the end of summer.

Alternate Ending plans to split the 9,000-square-foot building down the middle, with half dedicated to its production space and half for the taproom, which will seat approximately 150 people with additional standing capacity.

Novick said the taproom will also include a room with a 250-inch movie screen for playing classic films, kids' movies and newer releases for free on at least a weekly basis. It also will be available for private parties and corporate events.

The brewery is also in talks with Bow Tie management to retain some of the theater’s seats, the popcorn machine and other items from the theater. The brewery also plans on keeping the theater’s Route 34 pylon “almost exactly the same to really keep that nostalgia of the theater,” Novick said.

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