The Jersey Shore enters 2016 with what amounts to the entertainment "spirits" of past, present and future.

Asbury Park is enjoying a new venue, Atlantic City promises a posh nightclub by spring and there's an uncertain fate for an LBI landmark.


House of Independents is open for business in Asbury's vibrant Cookman Arts district. The 500-capacity venue has an eclectic mix of theater, dance, film, comedy and music already booked through the winter months.

Borgata Hotel and Casino (Craig Allen, Getty Images)

Borgata is promising that Atlantic City is in for its hottest spring ever, as the hotel, Casino & Spa opens Premier Nightclub. The $14 million, 18,000-square-foot venue is designed to rival the top clubs in New York, Miami and Las Vegas.  We're talking tiered booths, a pair of 35-foot-long bars with carved-stone faces and a giant chandelier of programmable light.


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The Surflight Theatre property in Beach Haven faces a murky future, after a shocking sale to TD Bank a week before Christmas.  The quiet auction sale still needs court approval. The venue that offered "Broadway at the Beach" for 65 seasons filed for bankruptcy last winter. Then, a $2 million auction bid by developer Greg Russo was rejected over the summer.  Here's to hoping the New Year will offer a more definitive plan for the storied site in Ocean County.