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Newark Symphony Hall | New Jersey's Most Historic Arts and Entertainment Venue
Newark Symphony Hall | 1020 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey
Box Office: 1030 Broad Street, Newark, NJ | 973-643-8014

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Friends of Newark Symphony Hall

Preserving Newark's Cultural Legacy

A dynamic group of volunteers are working together to ensure the future of Newark Symphony Hall as an anchor for the Lincoln Park Cultural District.



The historic Newark Symphony Hall, one of New Jersey's most comprehensive and respected centers for promoting arts, education and entertainment, is making a great impact on enriching the lives of the residents of Newark and the citizens of New Jersey.

Newark Symphony Hall
1030 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-643-8467
Email: [email protected]

Friends of Newark Symphony Hall - Preserving Newark's Cultural Legacy


Newark Symphony Hall enjoys a long and rich history as one of New Jersey's oldest and largest showcases for performing arts programming. This multi-facility edifice was built by the Shriners, a Masonic order, in 1925 and was alternately known as "Salaam Temple" and "The Mosque". Historic artists of genius stature such as Arturo Toscanini, Marian Anderson, William Warfield, Lily Pons and George Gershwin performed here. In more recent years, the stage has been home to such artists as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey State Opera, Theater of Universal Images, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Nancy Wilson, James Brown, Patti LaBelle, and Queen Latifah.


Newark Symphony Hall today enjoys a robust schedule of rental activity in the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall, the Terrace Ballroom, the Newark Stage and the Dance Studio. However, Newark Symphony Hall endeavors to introduce its own season of year-round programming for children, families and the general public. This is instrumental if Newark Symphony Hall is to fulfill the programming expectations of the greater Newark audience.

Additionally an upgrade to the venues, building facade, and some streetscape improvements are required.  Currently, efforts are being made to replace the roof, floors, and carpets; repair the walls and ceilings; improve the restrooms; and, to upgrade select fixtures and equipment. These are the immediate improvements that are required.  A larger campaign for extensive renovation of the building is currently being planned. Any resources that may be provided to assist in these efforts would be greatly appreciated.


Ten years ago Newark Symphony Hall was the only major entertainment venue on Broad Street. It no longer occupies that position, but, it continues to be the City of Newark's community cultural center. Moving towards the future the programming objective would be to present on the stages of Newark Symphony Hall performances that are of the highest level of quality and that reflect the broad diversity of New Jersey's population.

Through the Friends of Newark Symphony Hall we are extending an invitation for members of the greater Newark community to play a significant role in the future of Newark Symphony Hall and to take ownership for its success. Join us!


  • Individual ($100)
  • Family Membership ($150)
  • Organization ($250)


  • Placement on the Mailing List for Advance Information about Events
  • Listing of Name in Programs and Publications
  • Notification of Volunteer Opportunities
  • Complimentary Friends of NSH Button

"Isaac Stern told me that it [Symphony Hall] was the finest acoustic hall in the United States."

- Clement Price, Rutgers- Newark

"My greatest memory was going to see JAMES BROWN. Now mind you this was in the late '60s early '70s. I was a teenager and my mother used to take my sister and myself. James Brown sure knew how to put on a show. We had so much fun hanging out with Mom at Symphony Hall."

- Lauren Smith, East Orange

"My fiancé and I had a wonderful time in March listening to Blue Magic and The Whispers. It was truly an extremely wonderful experience. I would recommend Newark Symphony Hall to anyone."

- L. Womack, Plainfield

"The Mosque Theatre was where I first experienced the beauty of a symphonic orchestra. I was in the fourth grade on a class trip to see the NJ Symphony Orchestra and was very impressed by the beautiful building and the wonderful music being played on the stage. I am 55 years old now and will never forget that day as it marks a pivotal moment in my life. I realized that there was something called the theatre."

- Debby Strong, Newark

Upcoming Events

The 11th Annual Ms. Philippines 2018: Once Upon A Time
Saturday, January 20
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Friday, February 9
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Friday, February 9
Spring Children
March 5 - May 4
Soul Line Dance Party: 70s Funkadelic
Friday, March 9
Maurice Chestnut
Saturday, April 21
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