PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ

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.

PNC Bank Arts Center1 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ 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.PNC Rainbow 300x225 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ

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.

Location: Exit 116, Garden State Parkway Holmdel, NJ 07733

Opened: 1968

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
Saturdays 12-4
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.

Will Call
Pick up tickets one hour prior to show. Customer must present the actual credit card used to place the order and a photo ID.

Accessible Seating
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.

General Rules
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.

Camera Policy:
Personal cameras are allowed in the venue. Flash photography, video and removable lens cameras are not permitted without venue approval.


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.)

Special Events:
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.

1 Comment

  1. A great place to see a show!

    The Parkway can get to be a nightmare, especially on Friday night, so leave plenty of extra time. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: buy the VIP Parking passes for $20 – allows you to park close to the venue, and you get out very quickly after the show. If you get there late and have to park in the lots on the southbound side of the Parkway and you have to go North, be prepared for a very long wait to get out.

    If you’re going to a show where a lot of teenagers are expected, they will ban alcohol from the parking lots due to incidents that have happened in the past. The New Jersey State Police patrol the Arts Center and are very strict in the enforcement of the alcohol policy.

    If it’s a show drawing a older crowd, the NJSP with still be on the lookout for people getting out of hand, but tend to allow a little more leeway. Put your beer/drinks in a plastic cup and keep a low profile; you’ll be fine.

    The venue itself is very nice and they have expanded the concession areas over the years. Plenty of food and drink choices, however, the service can be extremely slow – so be prepared. Prices are what you would expect when going to a show $7 beers and $6 burgers are to be expected.