Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Live Nation Entertainment will make a multimillion dollar investment to improve the concert-going experience at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. The improvements will ensure the Jones Beach State Park venue remains a top entertainment destination for another generation of concert-goers.
“New Yorkers have visited the historic Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater for years to see their favorite artists perform, and this investment will fund critical improvements to this iconic venue,” Governor Hochul said. “Thanks to this partnership between New York State and Live Nation Entertainment, we will create an even better experience for concert-goers and ensure that this theater remains a premier concert venue for years to come.”
Live Nation will make a series of improvements to the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater over the next five years to significantly improve the concert-viewing experience, including:
- Installing a new entrance that enables seamless entry into the venue.
- Constructing a new plaza that will include local food and beverage options and multiple seating areas for fans to enjoy the full experience of Jones Beach.
- Upgrading the experience in all concourses and plazas and adding even more food and beverage destinations.
- Remodeling all restrooms and increasing restrooms by 20 percent.
- Improving resilience and sustainability with new seawalls to protect from high tides, new energy-efficient LED lighting, and solar-powered street lighting
- Replacing several thousand upper-level seats and adding more restrooms
The improvements will be made under the New York State Parks’ 20-year operating agreement with Live Nation Entertainment for the theater.
Regional President of Live Nation Northeast Geoff Gordon said, “The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre is a spectacular venue where millions of live music fans have traveled from near and far to see their favorite artists in concert for decades. Experiencing a live show at Jones Beach is a rite of summer for Long Islanders. We are excited to work closely with our partners at Jones Beach State Park to enhance the fan experience further and continue to create memorable experiences for our fans and their favorite performers.”
Chief Operating Officer of Live Nation’s Venue Nation Tom See said, “Our plans for the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater will add even more modern conveniences that fans enjoy while staying true to the character of this historic venue. We look forward to sharing the first phase of improvements with our fans next summer and will continue to create an impact for years to come.”
State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “For 70 years, the Jones Beach Theater has been the go-to place for world-class musical performances in an unparalleled setting. We look forward to working with our partners at Live Nation to make Jones Beach State Park an even more exciting and welcoming place to enjoy unforgettable performances for many more audiences to come.”
State Senator John Brooks said, “I am very grateful for the initiative being undertaken to improve the safety and preserve the history of Jones Beach Theater. A staple within the Long Island community for decades, these improvements will not only ensure greater enjoyability of the venue during events they will also encourage tourism and create much-needed job openings — both of which will in turn help stimulate our economy. I look forward to viewing the project through all its phases of completion and am appreciative at the steps being undertaken to ensure that these renovations will ensure that the venue is resilient to the devastating effects we have witnessed from climate change.”
Assemblymember David McDonough said, “The State’s partnership with Live Nation for improvements at the Jones Beach Theater is very welcome news for all who have and will continue to enjoy this facility and the world class performers that appear there.”
Live Nation is committed to always improving the fan experience at the theatre. In the past season, Live Nation installed new 17.9-feet high by 31.6-feet wide large-screen digital video boards. Live Nation also added Taste NY food and beverage options throughout the venue, and expanded menu items at the theater, including signature cocktails and the Questlove’s Cheesesteak made with Impossible Meat. With a focus on sustainable operations, additional improvements include offering mass transportation to concerts with the Nassau Inter-County Express bus service, Zero Waste Stations, elimination of plastic straws, water refill stations and a composting program.
About Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is an outdoor amphitheater located at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, New York. Initially called the Jones Beach Marine Theater, the facility originally opened in the park in 1952 with about 8,200 seats. Today, the theater seats 14,500 and serves a memorable destination for outdoor entertainment in the New York metropolitan area. Follow Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About State Parks
State Parks oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which were visited by a record 78.4 million people last year. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.
About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.