Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Seating 1,807 person in a setting of Italian Renaissance Revival splendor, the grand auditorium of the War Memorial, known as Patriots Theater has been a stage for world-class artists and entertainers, including American Ballet Theater, Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, the Cleveland Orchestra, Bill Cosby, Duke Ellington, Patti LaBelle, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bob Hope, Vladimir Horowitz, B.B. King, the Kirov Ballet, Wynton Marsalis, Yehudi Menuhin, Paderewski, Peter, Paul & Mary, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Sarah Vaughan, and Dave Brubeck.
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial features a proscenium stage measuring 25 feet (height) by 50 feet (width) and 27 feet (depth), with a floor of sprung oak. The newly enlarged orchestra pit, which can be raised to stage level to provide additional stage space, accommodates 50 musicians. The lighting system and sound system, both "state of the art," are newly installed. The theater also features a concert orchestra shell.
Part of the State of New Jersey's Capitol Complex. The War Memorial is located a short walk from the New Jersey State House (the nation's second oldest capitol building), the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey State Museum, the Old Barracks Museum (site of the Battle of Trenton on Dec. 26, 1776), and a short distance from Mercer County Waterfront Park, home of the TrentonThunder baseball and other attractions. Located midway between New York city and Philadelphia, the War Memorial serves some 3.8 million people who live and work within a 30-mile radius of New Jersey's capital, including a substanstial portion of Bucks County, PA.
Patriots Theatre Pipe Organ
The instrument in the Trenton War Memorial is a 3 manual, 16 rank Moller Theatre Pipe Organ. It was originally installed in Trenton's Lincoln Theatre in 1928 to accompany silent movies. The owners of the Lincoln Theatre building donated the organ to the War Memorial when it became obvious that the theatre was doomed in 1974.
The organ was installed and is maintained by volunteer members of the Garden State Theatre Organ Society. It contains more than 1,200 pipes, plus a xylophone, marimba, Celeste harp, orchestra bells, chimes, cymbals drums and other real percussion instruments.
This dynamic instrument is a part of Trenton's history. Since its opening at the War Memorial, it has been used many of the official State functions held there. It has also been featured in solo organ concerts, symphony presentations, high-school graduations, with local choruses, and is available for use by arrangement with theatre management.