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Jacques d"Amboise Theatre

A Historical Landmark

A matching grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust in 1993 was received to preserve the three-story, 684-seat jewel-box playhouse. The architect, Thomas P. Mc Ginty and the New York architectural firm of Beyer Blinder Belle were responsible for the restoration. It is one-third the size of the Shubert Theater on Broadway to which it is often compared. Similar to an opera house, it has an orchestra pit, mezzanine, and balcony seating. In 1999 it was dedicated to Jacques d'Amboise, a former principal with the New York City Ballet and founder of the National Dance Institute.

Today, the theater is used for the cultural education of the students at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter school. School wide aseemblies featuring musical performances and cultural collaborations are held in the theatre. Most notably students in grades four and five receive weekly in school dance instruction from the National Dance Institute, a renowned international perfoming arts company headquarted in New York City.