The Music Hall – Clinton, NJ

Fire causes heavy damage at Historic Clinton Music Hall

By Sallie Graziano/



CLINTON— The town’s historic music hall, which was destroyed by a four-alarm fire in May, has been demolished.

Work taking down the building began on Monday, and equipment was still on the site Wednesday morning, removing debris from the structure that dated back to 1891.

The Music Hall had a 300-seat theater and two offices, and hosted variety acts in the 1880s, then live touring shows until 1904. It opened briefly in the mid 1960s and ’70s.

Most recently it was home to a number of businesses that had to relocate.

The fire that destroyed the music hall was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. on May 15 and quickly grew to two alarms. It soon became a four-alarm fire, drawing crews from around Hunterdon County, as well as Warren and Morris counties. The Salvation Army set up a food truck to provide firefighters with food and water and Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad had a rehabilitation area set up to assist firefighters.


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