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Wellmont Theatre

History

The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey is one of the most treasured theaters in the country. It was originally built in the early 1920s to be a theater for community and regional events. It was later converted into a movie palace that showcased some of the first "talkies" of the time. The venue's entrance was originally on Bloomfield Avenue, but has since been moved to Seymour Street in downtown Montclair. In the 1930s, the town and the theater became a part of history when Thomas Edison, the inventor of motion pictures, attended a movie at the Wellmont Theatre. In the 1950s, the theater's capacity was raised to 2,100 after some renovations and additions.

Then in the 1970s, the entrance to the theater was moved, eliminating the need for visitors to go through the lobby to get to the theater. The original lobby is now a restaurant. Then, as the theater moved into the 21st century, it became a brand new theater with three million dollars worth of renovations that included new electrical and plumbing systems. The renovations also included removing the out-dated theater seats and sloped floor and creating a flat floor venue. After renovations, the theater was capable of holding more than 2,600 patrons and more than 1,500 for seated events. Its large capacity makes it one of the biggest theaters in the area.

In September of 2013, the Wellmont Theatre began a partnership with Live Nation, which is the world's largest concert promoter. With the help of Live Nation, the theater has become a host spot for some of the biggest names in the music business. World-class musicians, entertainers and performers come from all over the world to perform at this hidden gem, and you won't want to miss a single moment. The Wellmont has become the place to see amazing concerts and live shows in the Montclair area. Today, the theater remains a jewel in Montclair's crown, and continues to showcase the talent of local artists and professional performers.


Events Hosted

There is a lot to love about the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Not only is it one of the most beautiful theater venues in the country, but it also hosts some of the most exciting live performances around. In its early days it was the site for some of the era's biggest films and vaudeville acts.

Today, the theater hosts everything from rock concerts to comedy acts, and music fans just can't get enough of this one-of-a-kind venue. Theater-goers can get all of the culture of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles right in their own backyard. The Wellmont Theatre is known for hosting some of the most exciting acts in the country. Their list of previous acts reads like a who's who of mega music and entertainment stars. And in the coming months, acts like Gavin DeGraw, Cheap Trick, Emblem3 and Lewis Black will perform on the historic stage inside the Wellmont Theater. You never know who will show up next. There's something for everyone at this one-of-a-kind venue.


Home City

The Wellmont Theatre is located in Montclair, New Jersey, which is known not only for its beautiful scenic views, but for its thriving music and culture. The city offers visitors that hometown feel, while immersing its residents in the art and culture of not only its rich and storied past but its modern present as well. The city was originally created as a Township to bring the railroad to Montclair. Today, Montclair is a thriving city that has many opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the culture of the world without leaving their hometown. There are museums, cinemas and film festival that bring New York and LA to New Jersey. Many of the streets, businesses and locations were used as the setting for the hit HBO television show The Sopranos.


Seating Layout

Although the historic theater retains its original beauty and most of the original structure, it has been modernized over the years to allow for larger concerts and stage productions. Today, the building boasts a Main Floor area for seating capacity, First and Second Tier levels, a Loge level and upper and lower balcony levels. The Orchestra level offers fans an up-close and personal view of the stage and the artist who is performing. Although some seats are closer than others, every seat in the house will give you a fantastic view of the show you have chosen to see.


Trivia

The Wellmont Theatre was there at the birth of vaudeville and over-the-top live performances from some of the most famous performers of all time. For years before sound-filled movies were popular, the Wellmont was the place to go for live entertainment. It became a movie house in the late 1920s, and remained a hot spot for film screenings until 2006 when it was converted into a concert hall. Once again the Wellmont is the talk of the town and the place to not only see the most exciting concerts and live performances, but it is also set up to host meetings, graduations, awards ceremonies, TV shows, Benefits, Fundraisers, concerts and fashion shows.

The theater is managed by Live Nation and booked by Bowery Present. The theater has undergone millions of dollars in renovations, and is one of the most popular venues in the country.

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