Beyond MoCo: Sun & Surf Cinema Closing After Fifty Years in Ocean City

by MCS Staff

Fox Theatres announced on Tuesday 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 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.


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