See the ‘new’ State Theatre, Oct. 6, ahead of Oct. 8 reopening

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The State Theatre will soon reopen after undergoing extensive renovations.

The State Theatre in New Brunswick, which has undergone extensive renovations during the pandemic, will have a ribbon cutting and marquee lighting event, Oct. 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., before starting to present shows again on Oct. 8.

DJ Larry Sargent will provide music outside the theater and, at 6 p.m., after the ribbon cutting and marquee lighting, the theater will open its doors for free self-guided tours, with soft drinks, popcorn and commemorative souvenirs free as well.

The theater is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

According to a press release, “The renovations include brand-new plush theater seats; updated lobbies with new carpet, paint, and lighting; a renovated studio space; accessible restrooms with touchless technology as well as three added family restrooms; a larger donor lounge; a new state-of-the-art HVAC system; a 31′ x 6′ 8″ blade marquee sign that connects STNJ with its art deco roots; and a motorized stage rigging system, replacing the sandbag system, that increases the line set capacity from 450 lbs. to 1200 lbs. 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 companion seating, and additional accessible restrooms on both floors.”

Shows on the schedule for the first month or so after reopening include:

Oct. 8-10: “Escape to Margaritaville” (Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical)
Oct. 22: ABBA The Concert (ABBA tribute)
Oct. 23: Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes, with Mikaela Davis
Oct. 28: The Fab Four (Beatles tribute)
Oct. 29: Foreigner
Nov. 2: “Million Dollar Quartet”
Nov. 5: Randy Rainbow
Nov. 6: Gladys Knight
Nov. 7: The Temptations, The Four Tops

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