The Historic Darress Theatre, boonton, nj
Once known as the State Theater, the 550-capacity venue has offered concerts and plays of every variety from magic to dance to comedy.
Started in 1919 as a vaudeville theater, and primarily a movie theater in the 1950s and '60s, the Darress still shows classic films on special occasions and has even hosted professional wrestling and boxing.
Citing the successes of his theater over the years, owner Tom Timbrook pointed out with pride that the Boonton Baroque Orchestra originated in the Darress and is now known as the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.
He noted the special history of the building, which he said hosted some of the first public appearances by George Burns and Gracie Allen.
The theater is one of just a few left in the country where patrons enter the auditorium through the stage area and has center and side balconies and a movie projection room with working equipment. The Darress Theatre is also available for private parties, weddings, meetings, conferences, seminars, school functions, and fund raisers. We invite you to come and share with us the spirit of the old vaudeville stage and feel like you have stepped back in time!