In the end, falling short of their goal to raise $600,000 forced the Surflight Theatre to close down permanently. The Surflight Theatre, an Ocean County landmark and a staple in the fabric of the LBI community, announced recently that they are filing for bankruptcy and closing down after 65 tremendous years. This letter was posted on their website:
To Our Loyal Patrons, Donors and Volunteers:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I regret to advise you that due to continuing difficult financial circumstances, Surflight Theatre is forced to cease operations after 65 seasons and file for bankruptcy.
This was an extremely difficult decision, and it was not made without trying every possible action to save the theater we all love. Over the past few months, we and Surflight staff have worked tirelessly to improve the theater’s financial condition through a variety of means, including appeals for emergency funding, seeking refinancing of our burdensome debt and making cost reductions. Unfortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful.
We sincerely thank you and all in our community who have supported Surflight through the years. This generous support has enabled Surflight to impact the careers of aspiring actors and others involved in live theater – a large part of our theater’s mission. We thank you for supporting Surflight’s youth programs, which have helped children become confident in front of an audience and attain other life skills. Your patronage has filled the theater’s beloved Show Place Ice Cream Parlour with laughter over the antics of our singing waiters. And, of course, your support has allowed Surflight to provide quality live stage performances to our residents and visitors for 65 years.
Finally, we wish to recognize all the members of the Surflight staff, who have worked extremely hard and with great dedication to bring everyone the best Surflight experience possible. We applaud them and wish them well as they continue their extraordinary careers.
Dave Kreines, chairmanSurflight Board of Trustees