Construction delays force concerts to move from State Theatre to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg
A handful of concerts is moving from the State Theatre to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, as construction delays at the State have temporarily shrunk the venue’s capacity.
Judah and the Lion on Oct. 11 and Zakk Sabbath on Oct. 13 have both moved from the State to the larger outdoor courtyard, following moves by Nothing More last week and Hollywood Undead tonight. Each time, the official reason given has been “popular demand” or “overwhelming demand” — but the more pressing reason is the state of repairs at the State.
“We’ve got to get some renovations and repairs, and it’s taking a little longer than anybody anticipated, which is par for the course of construction, especially when a building’s this old,” said State Theatre general manager Kendra Marolf. “We’re completing work and awaiting inspections and feeling optimistic.”
The construction includes work on several sections, including a portion of the balcony. That’s taken the State’s normal capacity of 705 down to 450 — enough for smaller concerts like Hinder’s Austin Winkler on Friday and Insane Clown Posse on Oct. 17, but not the others, some of which were already sold out.
“Demand is there for all of these shows,” said promoter Tony Rifugiato of No Clubs Presents, which booked all four relocated shows. “We can’t have our full capacity at the moment.”
Rifugiato, a co-owner of the building that houses the State Theatre, has moved his shows one at a time while waiting to see if the repairs get fixed in time. He’s waiting on the final permitting and inspections to see what he’ll do with future shows, such as Between the Buried and Me on Oct. 18.
The upside is that hot-selling shows like Hollywood Undead, Judah and the Lion and Zakk Sabbath can now take on more fans. Tickets purchased when those shows were at the State will be honored at Jannus Live. Click here to buy newly released tickets.
— Jay Cridlin