Historic State Theatre New Jersey Reopens After Major Renovations with Ribbon Cutting & Marquee Lighting Event, 10/6/21
Reopening Ribbon Cutting & Marquee Lighting
WHEN: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 5:30pm-7pm
WHERE: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
event takes place after a year of major renovations at the
historic State Theatre, which celebrates its 100th Anniversary in
December. The State Theatre’s first scheduled live performance in the newly
renovated theater is the musical Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville
on Friday, October 8th. The show will run through the weekend.
are so thrilled to welcome patrons back to our newly renovated theater, just in
time for our 100th anniversary,” said State Theatre New Jersey
President & CEO, Sarah K. Chaplin. “These renovations have made it
possible to ensure accessibility throughout the theater, preserve our rich
history, and continue to serve the community as a state-of-the-art cultural
venue for many years to come. We look forward to bringing the power of live
performance back to our beautiful, historic venue.”
Guest speakers for the Ribbon Cutting event
include State Theatre President & CEO, Sarah K. Chaplin; Middlesex
County Board of Commissioners Director Ronald G. Rios; New Brunswick
Mayor James M. Cahill; and State Theatre Board Chair John S. Fitzgerald.
the marquee lighting, the State Theatre will be open to the public for
self-guided tours from 6pm-7pm. Free soft drinks and popcorn will be provided
during the 6pm hour, and State Theatre commemorative souvenirs will be
distributed. Plus, DJ Larry Sargent will be live outside of the theater
providing festive music during the event.
Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners Director Ronald G. Rios
major renovations were made possible by Middlesex County, the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, and hundreds of generous donors who supported the Next
Stage Campaign, State Theatre’s largest capital campaign in its history, as
early as 2017. The primary plans for
this renovation were guided by three major initiatives: accessibility and
safety; audience and artist experience; and operational efficiency.
About State Theatre New
State Theatre New Jersey was originally built as
a silent film and vaudeville palace, the historic State Theatre was featured in
the PBS documentary series, Treasures of New Jersey, in the fall of
2018. “Treasures of New Jersey: State Theatre New Jersey” can be streamed at
STNJ.org/History. Today, State Theatre is the largest performing arts center in
Central New Jersey and has welcomed over six million people through its doors
since reopening as a non-profit performing arts center in 1988. State Theatre
New Jersey is a cornerstone of the cultural vitality of Middlesex County and
averages a total economic impact on New Brunswick and the surrounding area of
more than $18 million a year. The mainstage programs have featured high caliber
artists such as Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Kevin Hart, Ringo Starr, Melissa
Etheridge, John Leguizamo, Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, and Crosby, Stills
and Nash. Program offerings include Broadway, orchestra, family, dance, comedy,
rock/pop, jazz, Performances for Schools, and Sensory-Friendly Performances.
State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.