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The performing arts and threatre in Newport Rhode Island

Posted by Darlene McKenzie


Be in the know about Newport, Rhode Island Performing arts and movie theaters. For such a small community, The island of Newport Rhode Island has many intimate performances, cabaret shows and an artsy theater with film festivals. Below are some favorites of the innkeepers at the Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast.

Starting with our historic movie theater, the Jane Pickens. The Jane Pickens Theater  is known for showing the best movies available, movies that are hand selected to play to the discriminating taste. The theater presents a mix of first run movies, documentaries and art films. Not only are movie choices eclectic, but so are the offerings in the concession in the lobby which range from your standard popcorn to your more interesting gourmet chocolates, including Newport Chocolates.  This summer, the theater will host two full days of the Newport,Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 9 and 10. Its Great Gatsby package deal continues - see the Robert Redford classic on Sunday mornings while enjoying croissants and beverages and get a ticket to tour Rosecliff, where the movie was filmed. 

The Firehouse Theater offers quality entertainment to the community year round. They stage their own productions and use both local talent and professionally trained actors. The setting is so small, you literally walk on the stage to get to the seating . . . there is not a back seat in the house.  You can bring your own beverage, yes, even wine, beer and mixed drinks. The Firehouse Theater is a short stroll around the corner from two very good restaurants (Tucker's Bistro and Salvation Café) with good logistics, ambiance and charm, your dinner and entertainment await you without the hustle and bustle of a big city theater performance.

The Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant  Before you enjoy the play, take in the largest and one of the best buffets in Rhode Island, If you can't find something you like in the huge selection, then there is no buffet that will please you. It starts with big plates, so large that you may need help carrying them back to your table. In addition to the usual rolls, salads, pasta, vegetables, rice, and potatoes, look for the entrée specialties.  They do not use MSG. The food tastes good because they use pure olive oil, real butter, herbs, and spices. Add to that the fact that they know how to cook-and presto!-the food tastes great. The ingredients they buy are quality. They always have an abundance of food and because they cook more than their guests can consume, they donate the remaining food to the needy . . . so nothing is wasted. . .You gotta love a business with a conscious.The Newport Play House Sunday matinée buffet starts at 11:30 a.m., with the doors opening at 11 a.m., there is no need to rush, as the play starts at 1 p.m. You leave the restaurant and move to the intimate theater, where a seat has been reserved for you.

A spectacular waterfront setting in a historic New England town is the backdrop for entertainment at Salve Regina University. The Campus hosts Lectures (The Dali Lama recently lectured at the Pell center). Ochre Point is an annual setting for the Newport Classical music festival. In addition to concerts, there is comedy, hypnotists, mentalists and magicians and live theater productions that perform for the public as well as the Students.

If theater and live performances are of interests to you while vacationing in the city by the sea, The Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast keeps track of movie times, theater performances and concert dates. With so much to choose from , you can trust our concierge desk to direct you to entertainment venues that suit the most discriminating theater patrons.