Jane Pickens Theatre
49 Touro Street,
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Jane Pickens Theatre (Official)
Architects: Russell Warren
Previous Names: Strand Theatre
The Jane Pickens Theatre is a historic single-screen theatre that is beloved by Newport residents. It was originally built as a church in 1846. As a theatre it has been showing movies since 1923. Formerly known as the Strand Theatre, it is where many independent and foreign films have played in recent years, as well as selected popular movies. The theatre has a balcony and a pipe organ that has been used for theatre organ recitals. The interior had a kind of classic simplicity while being at the same time a very pleasant and placid environment to be entertained in.
Like its neighboring theatre, the Opera House Cinemas, it too has been used for screenings in the annual Newport Film Festival. Washington Square, where the Jane Pickens and Opera House are, was turned into a 19th Century port town for the filming of Spielberg’s “Amistad”.
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