Welcome to the Evolution – the Art House Evolution, that is. The ShowRoom opened in Asbury Park in April of 2009. Our goal was to bring provocative and relevant movies and events that engage audiences to the downtown. Two and a half years later, we’re pleased to announce that the ShowRoom is evolving into a new Multi-Screen facility across the street from the original store front theater. We’ve just signed a contract to convert an old clothing store / upholstry shop into Asbury Park’s most modern art house multi-screen theater.
The ShowRoom presents relevant and provocative movies and events that engage the audience for a memorable experience. Equipped as a store-front theater, The ShowRoom brings an important selection of films — critically-acclaimed foreign, festival winners, family, independent, local and shorts — to Asbury Park’s downtown, giving movies a permanent home again after a 30 year hiatus.
In addition to being a salon for the film community, The ShowRoom is an intimate space for live performances and community events. By encouraging creative presentations and developing joint ventures with galleries, retail establishments and restaurants, the goal of The ShowRoom is to be a cultural crossroads and the destination for both the occasional movie-goer and cinephile alike.
Modeled after the very first storefront movie theater in New Orleans, The ShowRoom has taken a page from history to restore film to its rightful place in Asbury Park. Relevant, thought-provoking, independently distributed films fill our schedule and bring movie fans to our home on Cookman Avenue from all over the tri-state area. We are proud to see people unexpectedly discovering the new Asbury Park and all it has to offer because they came to our theater for a currently released film that they couldn’t find anywhere else.
As we continue to bring independent films to Asbury Park, we are pleased to be one of many entertainment venues that contribute to the city’s cultural fabric. As part of our city’s evolution, some landmarks fall and some remain, and new venues emerge to help carry Asbury Park into the future. The ShowRoom prides itself on jump-starting a permanent film presence in the city and we intend to continue to expand the appreciation of independent film in the area. Our red carpet is always out for film fans looking for a memorable movie-going experience. We look forward to seeing you at The ShowRoom soon.