BASIE ECONOMIC IMPACT GROWS

basie-marquee-111411The nonprofit theater reported another year of strong financial results. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

basie-ec-impactTwelve years into a renaissance, the Count Basie Theatre continued to grow its economic impact on the Red Bank area last year, officials said.

Show-related spending on everything from babysitters to gasoline to dinners downtown grew to $12.75 million in the year ended June 30, the nonprofit theater estimates in its latest annual report.

That level, a record for the venue, represents a $1 million increase from the prior year, CEO Numa Saisselin tells redbankgreen.

“That supports a lot of restaurant and bar jobs,” he said, citing an estimate of 300 full-time-equivalent jobs made possible by the theater’s programming.

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