Artscape: Restoring Newport’s Historic Opera House
By John Bender | Published by Rhode Island Public Radio
June 27, 2013
The city of Newport is known for many things, among them, its thriving tourist industry, and its dedication to historic preservation.
The renovation of the historic Opera House Theater is a meeting of both these worlds.
While the project started strong in the early 2000’s, the economic downturn saw funding for the project drying up.
Now thanks to a recent grant, the Opera House is gearing up to finally see the project completed.
For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, looking at this lengthy renovation as it gets its second wind.
After being in use for more than 140 years, The Opera House Theater in the heart of downtown Newport sits dark, but that may soon be changing.
In the 2000’s the theater was showing movies, but it was also showing signs of its age. The historic building was facing potential demolition when the Newport Performing Arts Center saved it; buying the Opera House in 2002.