NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Historic State Theatre New Jersey – whose stage has been graced by the likes of Bob Hope, Bruce Springsteen and Denzel Washington – is giving the public a chance to own a part of its history.
The theater, which will turn 100 next year, is auctioning off 20 seat pairs, seven VIP box seats and 23 VIP orchestra pit seats.
Proceeds from the Seat Auction will benefit State Theatre’s Next Stage Campaign renovation plans aimed at ensuring accessibility throughout the theater and safety for all.
The Seat Auction bidding ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.
Each item will go to the highest bidder. Winners will be contacted by a State Theatre representative by email on Nov. 3 for pickup arrangements.
An official certificate of authenticity from State Theatre New Jersey will accompany each item.
Last month, the State Theatre on Livingston Avenue announced extensive renovation plans that include several capital upgrades to make it compliant with Adults with Disabilities Act guidelines.
Several others will be made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To become ADA accessible, the State Theatre will add an elevator, accessible seating throughout the venue and new restroom facilities.
Renovations will also include modernizing the stage rigging system, dressing rooms and lobby spaces.
The State Theatre, which plans to reopen next summer, has had an extraordinary history. It was a silent film and vaudeville palace, a movie house, a concert hall and more for comics, crooners and conductors.
Since reopening as a non-profit performing arts center in 1988, it has welcomed some 6 million people through its doors to see acts such as Diana Ross, Tony Bennett and Ringo Starr.
The State Theatre has set up a website for auction bidding.