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Ocean City, MD: Fox Sun & Surf Cinema Closed

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2022 and updated on Monday, April 17, 2023 2:53 PM

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The Fox Sun & Surf Cinema in Ocean City, Maryland has closed.

Located on the Coastal Highway south of Lighthouse Road, the movie theater last showed movies on Labor Day, September 5, 2022. Parent company Fox Theatres posted the following announcement on its website in July:

Sun & Surf Cinema Closing After Fifty Years

The final day to see a movie at the Ocean City theater is Monday, September 5

Fox Theatres announced today that Sun & Surf Cinema, 14301 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland, will soon close after fifty years of business. The final day of operations will be Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022. Fox Theatres will continue to operate the Fox Gold Coast Theater located next to the Gold Coast Mall at 11301 Coastal Highway, also in Ocean City, Maryland. Gift cards and passes from Sun & Surf will be honored at Fox Gold Coast.

Sun & Surf was built in 1972 as a twin theater (with two screens) by Muriel and Reba Schwartz of Dover, Delaware. Two additional screens were added in 1974. Fox Theatres acquired the theater in 1980 and added four more screens in 1982, expanding the theater to the 8-plex it is today. In 2015, the theater was extensively renovated and luxury recliners were installed. The Sun & Surf property was recently acquired by a local hotel developer. 

“We have so many great memories of the theater, from serving local customers year round to being a vacation saver for a bad beach day,” said Donald Fox, President and CEO of Fox Theatres.

The theater, located at 143rd Street and Coastal Highway, will remain open daily through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Tickets to first run movies and special events are available at foxshowtimes.com. Customers can follow Sun & Surf Cinema on social media for trivia contests and information on upcoming movie bring-backs including Jaws and Dirty Dancing. 

The four screen Fox Gold Coast Theater, located next to the Gold Coast Mall at 113th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland, will remain open to play first run movies and special events, including the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and Fathom Events beginning this fall. The theater was fully renovated in 2018 with all new heated luxury recliners and updated restrooms.

Moviegoers in the area will need to visit one of the other nearby theaters, including the Fox Gold Coast Mall and the Flagship Premium Cinemas - Ocean City in Ocean City and the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro, Delaware.

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