Hopewell Theater Re-opens And Announces Lineup
The landmark Hopewell Theater has re-opened after undergoing an extensive eight-month renovation, that includes a new lobby, box office, and concession stand, as well as a state-of-the-art cinema system with surround sound, prep kitchen, and expanded theater seating area and balcony. Now fully refitted as a deluxe showcase for music, cinema and the performing arts, the Hopewell Theater will serve as an intimate arts venue and gathering place for the greater Hopewell Valley area.
The theater lobby features a full concession stand where patrons can purchase gourmet small plates and desserts along with traditional theater snacks such as popcorn and candy. The theater has hand-picked its menu from a variety of local restaurants that will present special dishes at the concession stand, including Brick Farm Market, The Bent Spoon, and The Peasant Grill. Patrons can enjoy a meal or snack during the show in comfortable cabaret-style banquette seats, leather chairs with tables, or traditional plush fixed theater seats.
The theater’s new vision includes a carefully-curated programming schedule that will showcase independent films, some followed by director Q&As or paired with a reading or concert, and live music on a weekly basis performed by local and regional singer-songwriters. There will also be TED-style talks and a variety of discussions from books to visual arts to self-improvement and wellness. Artists will have access to the theater, which will be rented during the day to encourage adult artists, musicians, filmmakers, and artist networks who need a venue to either practice, show work, or come together to create.
The theater’s fall program schedule features a unique blend of musical genres, movies, and multimedia experiences including the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, the Alloy Orchestra playing musical accompaniment to the classic film The Lost World, performances by literary songsmith Dan Bern, Cajun/Creole musicians The Bunkhouse Boys, and more.
Hopewell’s historic theater is being re-launched by the production team of Sara Scully and business partner Mitchel Skolnick. Ms. Scully oversaw the renovation and will serve as executive director.
“Our aim is that this theater will serve a wide range of artists and community members and be a resource and intimate, inviting sanctuary to enjoy the arts,” says Ms. Scully.
For more information, visit www.HopewellTheater.com. The box office can be reached at (609) 466-1964.