The State Theatre is a premiere non-profit organization for the performing arts and entertainment that aims to nurture the lives of people from diverse backgrounds in New Jersey and to contribute to a significant urban environment by presenting the best national and international performing arts talents.
It also seeks to provide arts education programs to inform and build future audiences, and offer a significant performing arts venue in central New Jersey that enables and encourages members of the community to have a life-long relationship with the performing arts.
The historic State Theatre is a magnificently refurbished 1921 silent and vaudeville cinema palace that is a classy venue for the entertainment and arts today. Credited as a major player in New Brunswick?s return to economic vitality, the theatre offers international Broadway musicals, orchestras, top-class dance, stand-up comedy, opera, Pop, Jazz, world music, children's theater, educational programs, attracting some 200,000 patrons from all over the world each year.
The list of performers who have visited the theatre?s stage includes some of the most influential names in the entertainment industry: Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma, the New York Philharmonic, the Bolshoi Ballet, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck, Jay Leno, Johnny Mathis, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Tom Brokaw, and many others.
The newly-refurbished State Theatre was opened in October 2004. Funding for restoration was secured by the Middlesex County and the Board of Chosen Freeholders through Middlesex County?s Open Space Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
Today, the State Theatre continues to thrive as a premier venue for the arts in New Jersey with yearly community programs and festivals such as the New Jersey Blues and Jazz Festival, Hub City Carnival, Artist-in-Residence, the Urban Arts Festival, Milk & Cookies, in addition to a full season lineup of Broadway, orchestra, dance, opera, comedy, and family events.