Historic State Theater NJ reopens with special event

Historic State Theater NJ reopens with special event

A NEW LOOK: A rendering of the appearance of the State Theater New Jersey in New Brunswick thanks to a major renovation project.

State Theater New Jersey has announced the reopening of a ribbon cutting and marquee lighting event for Wednesday, October 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This free event will take place after a year of major renovations to the theater, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in December.

The first live performance scheduled in the newly renovated theater is the musical Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville Friday October 8. The show will run all weekend.

“We are delighted to welcome clients back to our newly renovated theater, just in time for our 100th anniversary,” said Sarah K. Chaplin, President and CEO of State Theater New Jersey. “These renovations have helped ensure accessibility throughout the theater, preserve our rich history, and continue to serve the community as a cutting-edge cultural venue for many years to come. We look forward to bringing the power of the performing arts back to our beautiful historic hall. ”

The inauguration and lighting of the marquee will take place outside, in front of the theater. Guest speakers include Chaplin; Middlesex County Commissioners Council Director Ronald G. Rios; the mayor of New Brunswick, James M. Cahill; and Chairman of the State Theater Board of Trustees John S. Fitzgerald.

After the marquee lights, the State Theater will be open to the public for self-guided tours from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with free soft drinks and popcorn. DJ Larry Sargent will be live outside the theater.

The renovations include new plush theater seats; updated halls with new carpets, paint and lighting; a renovated studio space; accessible toilets with contactless technology as well as three additional family toilets; a larger donor lounge; a new state-of-the-art HVAC system; a marquee sign that connects STNJ with its art deco roots; and a motorized stage rigging system, replacing the sandbag system, which increases the capacity of the line set by 450 lbs. at 1,200 pounds.

One of the most important pieces of this renovation is the increased accessibility of the theater, which includes the installation of an elevator, more accessible seating and accompanying seats, as well as an additional accessible toilet on both floors.

Visit Stnj.org for more information.

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