The Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center will be opening the doors for two community open houses in August to give the public a closer look at the construction that is under way.

The public is invited to stop in for a quick tour on Thursday, August 4th between 5:00 to 7:00 pm or on Wednesday, August 10th between 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Visitors are encouraged to wear your hardhat, or they will supply you with one.

Those looking to participate in the tour should RSVP to, or call 401-619-4599.

The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center is actively engaged in restoring and renovating the historic 1867 Opera House Theater in downtown Newport into a 700 seat venue for year-round programming of live performances and other cultural, educational and civic activity. The theater is among the ten oldest surviving Opera Houses in America and the oldest surviving theater building in Rhode Island.

The completion of the restoration and renovation of the Opera House  is set for December of 2017, the theater’s 150th Anniversary.

Following the November 4, 2014 Rhode Island voter approval of the Cultural Facilities Bond, a $4.2 million commitment from the State of Rhode Island has been specifically approved to restore the historic Opera House Theater.

With $5 million in public and private funds secured, the Opera House is making progress on the $13.6 million capital campaign that funds the complete rehabilitation of the Opera House Theater.

During the restoration and renovation, they welcome contributions and pledges up to four years which are matched dollar for dollar by their state grant. Numerous and distinct Naming Opportunities are available and begin with our Cornerstones at $10,000.

Upon completion, the goal is that the Opera House will become a “powerful cultural, community, educational and economic asset for the residents of Newport County, as well as the thousands of people who visit Newport annually”.

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