As the holiday season fast approaches,  The Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center wishes to remind that you can now give your loved ones the magic of a very unique experience at our historic local art house cinema.

Whether it’s a gift card in any amount you see fit, a yearly membership (which now includes 2 free movie passes per membership!) or tickets to one or more of our upcoming special engagements, the JPT has you covered for the movie lovers on your Christmas list.

If you’re unable to travel to the cinema, no worries! Every step to purchase a gift card or annual membership can be completed online. Gift cards and new memberships can be mailed or new members can come to the theater at their convenience to pick up their shiny new card.  Memberships ($40 for seniors and $60 for everyone else) also include $2 off every movie, access to special events and discounts from participants from over 50 cinemas as part of the Arthouse Visiting Member Program.

A sample of some upcoming experiences to share with family and friends include current Oscar buzz films, streaming performances from the National Theater in London, presentations of the Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow, Exhibition on Screen about artists David Hockney or Paul Cezanne,  upcoming Fantastic Mr. Fox Party for Wes Anderson lovers and the very romantic annual summertime screenings of the iconic 1974 film The Great Gatsby, which includes a tour of the Rosecliff mansion where it was filmed and a continental breakfast.  This is just a slice of what’s to come.  Check out for a full listing (with new events added often).

And while you’re visiting the historic movie palace in the heart of Newport’s Washington Square, don’t forget our amazing assortment of gourmet and local confectionaries.

Purchase gift cards, tickets and memberships at or our box office at 49 Touro in Newport

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.