After over a year of closure, Hopewell Theater is thrilled to announce that we are REOPENING!
This past week, Governor Murphy lifted capacity restrictions and six foot social distancing between patrons in New Jersey. With that, Hopewell Theater is now able to reopen its doors and sell shows at full capacity, which is what we need for those shows to be financially viable.
Our grand reopening will be the week of September 7, 2021 – the anniversary of our first opening, four years ago, in 2017.
To celebrate our anniversary and our reemergence from the long pandemic shutdown, we will hold a special event performance that week – headliner to be announced – for our dedicated members, press, and special local guests.
On September 15, the selectively eclectic programming our patrons have come to expect at HT will resume! Get ready for an array of live music, live performance, comedy shows, and film screenings to go on sale in the coming month for the Fall season.
Before I close, we want to let you, our patrons, know how moved we’ve been throughout this closure by your enthusiasm for us to reopen safely. We received over two hundred kind comments on our reopening survey letting us know how much you value our theater and in-person live shows. Knowing that kept us going.
We also want to thank you for helping us advocate for and spread awareness of the plight of shuttered indie venues during our campaign for Federal and State venue relief funds. Not all venues made it through to the other side, but your loyalty is one of the reasons why HT and many other venues can return this Fall – the government heard your support for venues and answered with relief dollars.
The pandemic affected the entire world as we once knew it, from billions of individuals to the whole of society itself. The decline of performing arts during the pandemic was not just a loss to the economy and community, but to the cultural nourishment of each and every one of us. It showed us how much we need each other and need to be together, in person, over creative entertainment.
The reopening of the State is a boon for the arts industry, the communities tied together by their local performing arts centers, and the people who have come to miss the unforgettable experiences theaters provide. With the State reopening and the promised but not-yet-delivered State and Federal venue relief grants, our theaters will fully recover, together.
We look forward to welcoming you at HT this Fall, your place to meet friends and get inspired, newly reopened!
Executive Director, Co-Founder