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“Seating was the best part.”
Review of The Newton Theatre

The Newton Theatre
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Newton
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

I won't comment on their cramped restrooms since they know the facilities are cramped, they are doing their best to remedy the situation, and it didn't impact on my visit.
Entry was fast and easy, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The small size of the place lends itself to easy entry and exit. We found our seats quickly, and immediately noticed that there really aren't any horrible seats. We had "premium" balcony seats and I really recommend the balcony. The seats are tiered a little more than orchestra, and even the back room is close enough to the stage, without having to deal with the orchestra fans who feel a need to pop to their feet every few minutes.
The only criticism from my visit was the acoustics. They weren't terrible, but sometimes they were a little tinny. Either the theater acoustics are lacking or the sound people don't know what they're doing - Frankly, sitting only two rows behind them, I didn't see even one adjustment being made throughout a recent concert. Despite this, the concert was great, and I'd gladly go back - Good thing since we have tickets to two more concerts here!

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Reviewed May 19, 2014

On a back street in an old brick building with a 1950's Marquee you will find this gem of a venue. They feature almost exclusively musical acts. The building is a renovated 1920's movie house and seats about 500-600 people in a louge and a balcony. The Newton Theatre, built in 1924, had an orchestra pit that once boasted two organs, including the largest pipe organ in Sussex County. The theater has been closed at various times through its life and was most recently reopened on September 9, 2011 to a sold out Todd Rundgren Concert.

Today, the lobby is a bit snug and the restrooms get crowded at intermission but the seats are comfortable with decent but not spacious leg room., There is not a bad seat in the house, the acoustics are decent, and the place is clean. Staff is friendly and although we didn't get refreshments those who did commented that the drinks were not watered down.

We saw TUSK, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band and they were terrific. They are featuring Judy Collins, Gordon Lightfoot, Pablo Cruise and Vanessa Carlton among the current season's acts. The admission was quite reasonable, about $32.00 per ticket for a 2-1/2 hour show with one intermission. Go to the website and if you see an artist you like, book it and go.

A note about parking - there is a lot across from the theater and another around the corner behind the stores that is about a 3 minute walk. The neighborhood is safe. Newton is the county seat of bucolic Sussex county and the largest, and maybe the only "City" in Sussex county with a population of less than 8,000. There are lots of shops along Spring Street and there are restaurants nearby in Newton and surrounding towns along Rte 206 which is the main road in and out of town.

It's nice to see the old movie houses brought back to life and they serve as intimate gathering places to see performers you might not get to see elsewhere. Its a nice night out.

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