The newly renovated Hopewell Theater, formally Off-Broad Street Theater, located at 5 South Greenwood Avenue in Hopewell, opened its doors to the public on Thursday, September 7. Invited guests were welcomed by a red carpet and photo opportunity with paparazzi, followed by an inaugural concert from the grassy, Americana alt-country band, Bovine Social Club.

The Hopewell Theater is a 176-seat theater with flexible seating options, from intimate banquette table seating to traditional fixed theater seats, as well as a balcony overlooking the stage. The theater will host weekly inviting cultural experiences ranging from independent movies, live music, guest speakers, and post-show artist Q&As. Hopewell Theater will offer a range of fresh, locally-sourced and creative food options at the concession stand as well as full-service meals at designated evening events.

Hopewell Theater is the kind of place where you will feel comfortable in your surroundings and in the company of people who share your interests, your passions, and your cultural curiosity. Within the doors of its classically modest exterior, this landmark theater has been lovingly reimagined and fully refitted with state-of-the-art lighting, projection, sound, and seating to provide a 21st-century showcase for music, cinema and the performing arts.

Since first opening to the public in 1940, the theater has been a community landmark, first as a movie house and then as a beloved venue for musical theater. With this restoration, a new generation of artists and audiences will come to play, listen, laugh, cry, applaud, and discover.

The programming is selectively eclectic — placing equal emphasis on the classic and the progressive. The intimate environment offers an ideal setting to come as you are and enjoy a unique experience — where local meets world stage. Opening month acts include a bevy of cultural experiences ranging from musical acts by performers Kaki King and The Bailsmen, movie screenings such as “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers” and “Sex & Broadcasting,” a film about WFMU followed by a discussion with station manager, Ken Freedman, and live multimedia performances including a showing of the 1920s silent classic, “The Lost World” with a live accompaniment by the talented Alloy Orchestra, as well as “The Pine Barrens” film, followed by a discussion with the producer.

Hopewell Theater features a wide array of choices at the concession stand including small plate options, delicious desserts, and traditional items like candy and popcorn from local favorites, the Peasant Grill, Brick Farm Market, and the Bent Spoon. On special occasions, the theater will host Supper Club Nights with a full meal served before the show by a local chef or caterer.

There is also the opportunity to rent the theater for private events and parties. Hopewell Theater believes that every community needs a gathering place where artists and audiences at all levels have a place to be inspired.

Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell. 609-466-1964.

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