The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center is a new, large, mixed-use development in the Downtown Cultural District of New Brunswick, New Jersey, created with the goal of transforming the district and reinforcing New Brunswick’s role as a regional hub for the performing arts.
At the center of the development are two state-of-the-art proscenium theatres: a 460-seat theatre with balcony, orchestra pit, and full fly loft, and a 260-seat theatre with mezzanine and partial fly. Both theatres are equipped for a high level of theatrical production, from dramatic plays to musicals. To support resident and visiting artistic groups, rehearsal studios, teaching spaces, and offices are also included. A generous double-height lobby welcomes the public. Above the lobby and office spaces extends a residential tower with 207 apartments. Parking structure is located at the rear of the development.
The overall redevelopment project represents over $170 million in total investment and will be one of the most significant urban initiatives in the state. The project is a public-private partnership that includes Devco, Pennrose, the City of New Brunswick, Middlesex County, NJEDA, New Brunswick Cultural Center, Rutgers University, and New Brunswick Parking Authority.