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State Theatre’s mission centers on access to first-class arts and arts education programs, yet our building is not fully accessible. Our first and most important priority in planning upgrades is to ensure accessibility throughout the theater. Additionally, the safety of our patrons, staff, and artists is paramount, and several projects will improve or replace current systems to modern standards and will provide a safe environment to enjoy world-class performing arts.
Rendering of balcony with accessible seating
The experience of a live event includes not only the performance on stage, but also the audience’s overall comfort and enjoyment from the moment they step through the front doors. As State Theatre New Jersey’s audience continues to grow, and the theatre continues to expand its outreach, it must address the expectations of today’s theater-going audiences by upgrading our lobby, bathrooms, and auditorium amenities.
The world-class artists presented at State Theatre New Jersey return time and again because of the professional environment they experience at our beautiful facility. While respecting the historic nature of our building, we must also ensure that our backstage areas are kept up to date to continue to attract the highest level of talent.
Rendering of the Studio space
Operationally, a theater is expensive to run, with building and stage systems that are critical to our ultimate purpose of live performance. Many of State Theatre’s systems are at the end of their useful lives at best and antiquated at worst. These systems must be updated to improve the operational efficiency of the productions and the overall efficiency of the building in time, labor, and energy, thereby reducing the operational costs and, ultimately, improving our ability to fulfill our important mission of presenting extraordinary live performances.
Rendering of STAGE with motorized rigging system
All architectural renderings courtesy of Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC & Design Distill
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