PNC Bank Arts Center
is an outdoor amphitheater located in Holmdel Township, New Jersey and is ranked among the top five most successful amphitheaters in the country. Originally nameed the Garden State Arts Center, it holds approximately 17,500 people; there are 7,000 seats and the grass area can hold about 10,500 people. Concerts are from May through September featuring 35–45 different events of many types of musical styles from rock to pop – classical to jazz, as well as many different cultural events. It is one of two major outdoor arenas in the New York City Metropolitan Area, the other being Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantaugh NY.
The amphitheater was designed by noted modernist architect Edward Durell Stone and featured open sides covered by a 200-foot saucer-like roof supported by eight large concrete pillars. It featured seating for 5,000 people with space for about 5,000 more on the lawn area outside the roof.
The Garden State Arts Center first opened in June 1968, with a performance featuring pianist Van Cliburn, conductor Eugene Ormandy, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the beginning, the Arts Center’s programming featured a good deal of classical as well as popular music. The non-profit Foundation associated with the Arts Center also sponsored International Heritage Festivals before and after the regular season featuring: Scottish, Slovak, German, Polish, African American, etc., these festivals remain an unusual part of the venue’s scheduling. Signs advertising these upcoming festivals, along with the regular upcoming concerts, became a familiar site to drivers approaching toll booths along the Parkway.
During off-season months the Arts Center is closed, except for a Holiday Light Spectacular show during the Christmas season. In 1995, the Arts Center grounds saw the addition of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
During the 1990s the philosophy of the Arts Center underwent a change; Classical music was almost completely phased out, and a need to expand the theater to compete for the top major concert tours against other, larger amphitheaters on the summer outdoor concert circuit. So before the 1996 season a substantial expansion of the facility was done, with 2,000 seats added (some now outside the roof, which was not altered) and the lawn capacity doubled in size, by way of taking out rows of trees and a surrounding walk and raising the bank around the facility much higher.
Capacity: 17,500 Total (7,000 reserved seats, 10,500 on the lawn)
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PNC Bank Arts Center General Venue Information
Take Exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway, Northbound and Southbound.
40 miles south of New York City.
Parking lots will open 1 hour prior to doors – so 2 hours prior to showtime. For certain shows “VIP Parking” is available – this is a seperate purchase from your tickets and highly recommended.
Box Office Numbers
The Retro Fitness Box Office Numbers
General Info Number: (732) 203-2500
Heritage Festival Info ONLY: (732) 442-9200 X8665
Box Office Hours
The Retro Fitness Box Office Hours
Our Box office opening is Saturday May 7th at 10am
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Friday 12pm -6pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Hours Extended till 9pm night of performances.
Types of Payment Accepted
Cash, AmEx, Visa, MC, DSC, A service charge is applied to each ticket.
Pick up tickets one hour prior to show. Customer must present the actual credit card used to place the order and a photo ID.
Special needs seating is available through either the box office at (732) 203-2500 ext. 3714.
Accessible parking: New Jersey Disabled license plates or state permit required to park in the wheelchair accessible parking area. Parking is located south of the amphitheater. The amphitheater has special needs seating located in the Loge and Orchestra sections. Accessible lawn seating is also available. For more information concerning special needs, please contact the PNC Bank Arts Center at (732) 203-2500 ext. 3714.
The PNC Bank Arts Center enforces the law prohibiting underage consumption of alcohol anywhere on site. Violators will be prosecuted.
NO recording equipment, radios, TVs or unauthorized electronic equipment. NO alcoholic beverages, smoking, bottles, cans, coolers, weapons.
NO Laser Pointers. One factory sealed bottle of water per person.
Personal cameras are allowed in the venue. Flash photography, video and removable lens cameras are not permitted without venue approval.
LAWNS BY YORKSHIRE LAWN CHAIR RENTALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MOST PERFORMANCES. PERSONAL LAWN CHAIRS ARE ACCEPTABLE PROVIDED THEY ARE 9″ OR LESS FROM THE GROUND. BLANKETS ARE ACCEPTABLE ON MOST PERFORMANCES. DOORS OPEN 1 HOUR PRIOR TO PERFORMANCE.
The AmeriHealth NJ First Aid Station:
First Aid is located on the right side of the main plaza. The first aid station is staffed by certified personnel from MONOC (The Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Corporation.)
Call (732) 203-2500 x3VIP and speak with the Corporate Sales Department for more information. Purchase a block of tickets and have a pre-show party on site for your group of 20 or more!
Patrons will be permitted to gain entry into the parking areas 2 hours prior to show time. Our parking lots open 2 hours prior to show time and doors open 1 hour prior to show time.
We only permit snack foods into the venue which must be packed in a clear plastic bag. One plastic factory sealed bottle of water per person is permissible as well.