Featured in the Weekly Themes Challenges Group, 15-April-2013
Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center
49 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is a world-class art house cinema based in Washington Square in the historic center of Newport, Rhode Island.
1834 – The historic theater building was built in Washington Square in 1834 as the Zion Episcopal Church. One of Newport’s first Greek Revival buildings, it was designed by the well known architect Russell Warren and built by William Weeden, a carpenter-builder.
1919 – This beautiful building became a theater in 1919 and is currently celebrating its 93nd year as a theater/178th year as a building.
Jane Pickens and her sister Patti gave a concert at the dedication and renaming of the theater in 1974.
To learn more about who Jane Pickens was you can visit the theater web site at http://janepickens.com/about-contact-us
According to the ghost tour we took when visiting Newport in August 2007, the theater also has its resident ghost who likes to watch the movies every day in the balcony area, and has been seen by both employees of the theater and patrons.