State Theatre N.J. announces October reopening, celebrates renovations

The historic State Theatre New Jersey will reopen in October after a year of major renovations, the organization said in a news release.

The New Brunswick theatre is celebrating with a free reopening ribbon-cutting and marquee lighting event scheduled for Oct. 6. Following the event, the theater will be open for self-guided tours, and free soft drinks and popcorn will be provided from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the theater said.

Guest speakers for the event include State Theatre CEO and President Sarah Chaplin, Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald Rios, New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill and State Theatre board Chair John Fitzgerald.

“We are so thrilled to welcome patrons back to our newly renovated theater, just in time for our 100th anniversary,” Chaplin said. “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.”

Renovations of the historic theater include a new HVAC system, a motorized stage rigging system and increased accessibility, including the installation of an elevator, more accessible seating and companion seating and additional accessible restrooms on both floors, the theater said.

“Since it first opened as Reade’s State Theatre in December 1921, State Theatre New Jersey has continuously evolved and established itself as an integral part of Middlesex County’s arts and cultural community,” Rios said. “These updates have dramatically improved accessibility for all patrons. On behalf of the entire board of county commissioners, I offer my congratulations as the theater welcomes patrons back to enjoy live performances once again.”