The Montclair State University Amphitheater, situated adjacent to the Alexander Kasser Theater, is a 2000-seat refurbished facility originally constructed in 1940. A reminder of a campus pre-World War II, the stone structure is regarded as more than just a popular gathering place; it is a historic icon which evokes memories for generations of alumni. Although its natural open space makes it a perfect place for public gatherings, the amphitheater also serves as a private retreat for students. They often claim a small section on one of the 30 rows of steps, which proves to be the perfect setting for a conversation or simple solitude. Today the amphitheater continues to be used for special performances, festivals, and classes, as well as a speaking ground for special events.