The scene may be dark at Northwell Health at the Jones Beach Theater but the construction lights will soon be on as the Wantagh site gets a facelift.
Renovations to the outdoor amphitheater were announced at a Friday press conference and will take place over the next four years, with changes coming as early as next summer.
“This reconstruction is the latest example of our commitment to restoring Jones Beach to its historic grandeur,” said New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. “For 70 years, Jones Beach Theater has been the premier venue for world-class musical performances in a setting like no other. There’s nothing quite like this place.”
Renovations will include a large lighted entrance as well as new seating for the promenade section. For meteorological reasons, a new dyke will be built to protect the theater from high tides. The entire site receives new energy-efficient LED lighting and solar-powered lighting.
All current toilets should be upgraded and 20% more facilities should be added. Plus, new local food and drink options are coming to the Concessions area.
“The fan energy in this community is second to none. There is no venue in our entire portfolio quite like Jones Beach,” said Tom See, COO of Live Nation Venues. That’s why we’re making this important investment to ensure the concert experience at Jones Beach is world-class forever.”
No price tag for the renovations was disclosed. The project is a partnership between the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Live Nation.
Construction will begin this month and the project will be done in stages. Long Islanders will notice a few differences starting next concert season.
“When we open the doors for next summer, there will definitely be some transitions that will have taken place,” See said. “It’s still a work in progress and we’re finalizing the details now. We’re working with the Parks Commission to make sure the aesthetic stays true to the Jones Beach theme.