Jones Beach Concerts – Entertaining People For Years
Jones beach is a popular beach resort and is a venue of various concerts other than the general beach activities. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is an auditorium and is the venue of all the beach concerts. This theater was opened in the year 1952 with the name of Jones Beach Marine Theater. At that time all the concerts at that place were mostly operas. This theater had around 8,200 seats and the first show that was held here was ‘A Night in Venice’ by Johaan Strauss II. It was produced by the famous film producer Michael Todd. The other shows that were held here include ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ which had famous Lucie Arnaz.
However, during the 1980s, the character of the Jones beach concerts slowly changed into musicals. The theater also underwent massive renovation under the direction of concert promoter Ron Delsner in the years 1991-1992. From that time onwards the seating capacity of the theater also increased to 11,200. In the year 1998, this capacity further increased to 15,000. In the earlier design the theater had a moat and the stage was at the Zack’s Bay quite far away from the beach. Thus the artists were brought to the theater in boats. With a change in the design the moat was filled up and the seats were brought closer to the stage. During the intermissions of the concert the Guy Lombardo Orchestra used to play in the moat on a yacht for entertaining the audience.
Whenever the day of the Jones beach concert lineup is announced that day becomes a holiday in whole of Long Island. Various brands have also associated themselves with these prestigious concerts such as Tommy Hilfiger bought the naming right of the venue in the year 2002 and for continuous four years the venue had the name of Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater. Then after 2006, Nikon had the right and from that year till date the name of the venue has the name of this company. There are some rules strictly followed in these beach concerts such as no alcohol policy except in the designated VIP boxes and VIP tents.
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