About the Count Basie Theatre
The Count Basie Theatre is a Red Bank destination and landmark which brings thousands of visitors to Red Bank for its events and performances. The theatre originally opened as the Carlton Theater in 1926, and was renamed to honor jazz legend and Red Bank native William “Count” Basie following his death in 1984.
The theatre is operated as a nonprofit organization with an aim to “serve the people of the State of New Jersey by providing a broad spectrum of quality entertainment and education programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of the region; foster understanding and appreciation for the ennobling power of the performing arts; and create opportunity for cultural enrichment for people at all economic levels.”
The theatre has hosted many notable performers such as Tony Bennett, James Brown, George Carlin, Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, Kevin Smith, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and many more.
Events at the Count Basie Theatre
Due to its wide variety of events, the Count Basie Theatre is one of the most popular destinations in Red Bank. They have something for everyone, including plays, concerts, special guest speakers and comedians, ballets, film screenings, children’s shows, and local school events and performances.
The theatre’s box office is open from 12:00pm to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and 12:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday. The theatre seats a total of 1,568 people and offers several full service bars for guests over 21.
The Count Basie Theatre’s full schedule of upcoming events can be found at their website.
The Future of the Count Basie Theatre
The theatre has undergone several large renovations during its 90-year history to preserve its status as an iconic Red Bank landmark, and there are many exciting changes planned for the future. The theatre is in the early stages of a massive $20 million expansion which will nearly double its size, adding a second performing space and upgrading all of their current facilities.
As far as its name, the theatre recently reached an agreement with the William J. Basie Trust to continue proudly using the Count Basie name for the next century.