Frequently Asked Questions about the War Memorial
What is the War Memorial?
Opened in 1932, The War Memorial was built as "a great community center" dedicated to the memory of the soldiers and sailors from Mercer County who died fighting World War I. The building is a National and State Historic Site. The aim of the founding War Memorial Committee was to combine "beauty, dignity, and civic utility." The building houses an 1,807-seat, fully-equipped theater for performances and assemblies, and also a number of stately rooms for other purposes such as meeting and conferences. The War Memorial is owned by The State of New Jersey and operated by The Department of State.
What's new about the War Memorial?
On August 8, 2001, a renaming ceremony declared that the theater at the War Memorial would be known as Patriots Theater. New Jersey is a state of every day heroes and world-class patriots. Naming the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial is a way to recognize the patriots of the past and the patriots among us today. The renaming ceremony also ushered in several new names for the various meeting and conference spaces at the War Memorial - The George Washington Ballroom, The Delaware River Room, The Turning-Point Conference Room, and The Woodrow Wilson Board Room.
In January 1999, Trenton War Memorial was reopened for public use following a meticulous historic preservation and renovation which took nearly five years to complete. The renovated building was rededicated by the Governor and the Legislature as a memorial to New Jersey's dead in all wars and armed conflicts, and as a monument honoring the state's veterans.
The historic restoration, which won headline praise from regional and national newspapers, not only returned the entire building to its original Italian renaissance Revival splendor, but readied it for 21st Century use by providing improved patron amenities, state-of-the-art technical theater upgrades, acoustical improvements, and ADA compliance.
How is the War Memorial contacted?
(609) 984-8484, Administrative Office
The mailing address of Trenton War Memorial is P.O. Box 232, Trenton NJ 08625. All mail should be sent to this address. There is no mail delivery directly to the War Memorial building. Members of the public wishing to send "express" mail to the War Memorial should use the following address: 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608.
Where is the War Memorial?
Part of the State of New Jersey's Capitol Complex, The War Memorial is located on Memorial Drive in downtown Trenton near the Delaware River. The building is a short walk from the New Jersey State House (the nation's second oldest state 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 Sovereign Bank Arena, home of the Trenton Titans hockey team, and Mercer County Waterfront Park, home of Trenton Thunder baseball and other attractions.
Who can present a show or hold an event in the War Memorial?
The War Memorial exists to serve the public. All of its various public facilities are available to the public for rental.
The War Memorial has a two-tiered rental fee schedule. One schedule applies to the general public and to potential renters who are for-profit enterprises; the other schedule is for not-for-profit organizations, which are required to document their status as tax-exempt 501C-3 corporations.
What is the procedure for renting a War Memorial facility?
Renters interested in presenting performance events in Patriots Theater are advised to call Bill Nutter, the War Memorial's Interim Executive Director, at (609) 984-8484.
Potential renters will then be mailed an information package including a rental application. The completed rental application will be review by the Executive Director, an upon approval, the date(s) requested will be put on hold. No dates will be held without the receipt and approval of a completed rental application.
Renters of performance events in Patriots Theater should contact the Executive Director concerning the schedule for press mailings, promotional literature, and newspaper advertising which War Memorial regularly produces. The War Memorial's promotional and publicity operations are intended to support and to supplement the renter's promotion and publicity. They are not a substitute for the renter's promotion and publicity efforts, which remain solely the renter's responsibility.
Anyone interested in renting the War Memorial's conference/meeting/banquet facilities should contact the War Memorial at (609) 984-8484.
What do renters need to know about Patriots Theater box office services?
The Patriots Theater box office at the War Memorial, (609) 984-8400, is located through the left-hand doors on memorial Court, the War Memorial's main entrance. Renters may choose to handle their own ticket services or use the War Memorial's box office staff and services.
The Patriots Theater box office's regular hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before all performance times for day-of-show ticket sales only. Tickets may be purchased with cash, by American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. We do not accept personal checks.
Where do War Memorial patrons park?
There is for-fee parking in the parking garage directly behind the State House, as well as some on-street parking available in the War Memorial's environs.
Evenings and weekends, free parking is available in the state parking lots on Memorial Drive alongside the War Memorial and in the State House parking garage.
There is handicapped parking beside the War Memorial on West Lafayette Street, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Trenton War Memorial is fully ADA compliant.