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September 21, 2006
Contact: Jessica Swaim
856-848-1000 ext. 518
Pitman, NJ - On September 23 at 7:00 pm, the Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Heritage Foundation, Inc., will help reopen the doors of the Broadway Theatre of Pitman with the Bring Back Broadway Gala, a once-in-a-lifetime, black-tie optional event celebrating the theatre's rebirth as the pride of Pitman. The Broadway Theatre of Pitman is the only surviving 1920s theatre in all of South Jersey, and has long been viewed as the focal point of Pitman's downtown business district.
The public is invited to purchase tickets and join neighbors and local dignitaries for a fun-filled night of entertainment to commemorate the reopening of the 80-year-old Broadway Theatre. With over 400 guests expected to attend, this historic evening will mark the theatre's new start, along with the revitalization of the town of Pitman.
Beginning again in January 2007, the theatre will host theatrical performances regularly. The shows included in the 2007 inaugural season are Gypsy, The Odd Couple, Nunsense, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, and Lend Me a Tenor. On October 1, the theatre will begin showing classic and current blockbuster films and the theatre production company will debut with a Rodgers & Hammerstein Review appearing on stage October 27-29.
"I'm excited for what the restoration of the Broadway Theatre will bring back to Pitman and the surrounding neighborhoods," said Peter Slack, President of the Broadway Theatre of Pitman. "It will offer unique and timeless entertainment options to both children and adults and will foster a sense of community among the people of Pitman. This reopening would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated volunteers and generous contributors."
Purchased at a sheriff's sale in February by Peter Slack, the Broadway Theatre of Pitman originally opened in May 1926 as a fully equipped movie and vaudeville theater with 1,090 seats, including the balcony and eight boxes. The opulent theater was created in a French Revival motif by the Philadelphia firm of Eberhard, Magaziner, and Harris. The Broadway Theatre of Pitman still has its original 3/8 Kimball theatre pipe organ.
Tickets to the Bring Back Broadway Gala are available on a limited basis for $125 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the theatre's customer service team at 856-384-8381.