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Jones Beach Theater
If there’s one legendary outdoor performance venue in the metro New York area, it’s Jones Beach Theater. One of the only reasons to ever brave the traffic on Long Island, this venerable and venerated amphitheater is located right in Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh and sits right on Zachs Bay, which connects to the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re looking for the premiere summer beach concert venue, this is it!
The History of Jones Beach Theater
Like the park in which it’s situated, Jones Beach Theater was designed by Robert Moses and built in 1952. When it opened it featured an open-air 8,200-seat Greek amphitheater-style seating area and a stage, separated by a moat. Performers would pass through an underwater tunnel to reach the stage or arrive by boat, and the venue was used for musical theater performances regularly. In the 1990s the theater would be extensively rehabilitated to bring it up to more modern codes. This included the filling-in of that moat in order to provide additional seating, bringing capacity up to 15,000.
The theater has continually been updated to keep it modern. In the 2000s a secondary 5,000-seat general admission venue called the Bay Stage was added behind the concession area for smaller events. The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which wrecked the venue pretty hard, required some serious refurbishment efforts. Meanwhile, a 2017 plan saw the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting, additional places to eat, larger concourses to reduce crowding, and many more improvements.
What Makes Jones Beach Theater Events So Special?
Everybody gives Long Island a lot of crap. But if you ever pass up an experience to attend a concert event at Jones Beach Theater, you’re missing out big time. Get your head right and go down to the boardwalk!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Jones Beach Theater located?
Jones Beach Theater is situated at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, New York.
What kind of events does Jones Beach Theater host?
Who hasn’t played Jones Beach Theater? This venue is legendary for summer concerts. Jimmy Eat World, Luke Bryan, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Seger, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, 311, Korn, Santana, Slipknot, ZZ Top, Lana Del Rey, The Who, Heart, and Joan Jett have all played this venue, and that was just 2019 alone.
Which team is playing at Jones Beach Theater?
As this is a performance amphitheater no team plays here.
Where can I park for free at Jones Beach Theater?
General parking is available for Jones Beach Theater events in field number four and five. Parking is generally free, but double-check your ticket before the event - as in some lots it can cost $10. We recommend you arrive with time to spare to secure your parking spot.
What is the seating capacity of Jones Beach Theater?
Jones Beach Theater events can seat a total of 15,000 spectators.
Who owns Jones Beach Theater?
Jones Beach Theater is owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP).
How do I get to Jones Beach Theater using public transport?
Depending on where you are coming from, there are a number of busses that will get you to the Jones Beach Theater event on time. Double-check your options, and plan accordingly. There are also plenty of shuttles and cabs at your disposal which will drop you off in time for the event.