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The Capital Campaign for Newport’s Opera House Theater

In November 2014 voters approved the Rhode Island Cultural Arts Facilities Bond which provides a $4.2 million grant to the Opera House Restoration Project — one of the largest state investments ever in Aquidneck Island. The Opera House and its peer performing arts organizations contribute $150 million in economic activity and more than 1,250 jobs annually in Rhode Island. We are excited about the momentum created by this matching grant and wish to thank our friends who have made early and impressive commitments to match this state support.

slide-exterior-rememberThe time is now for everyone to step forward to ensure a bright future for this beloved cultural asset. With a solid plan in place to bring the Opera House back to its original elegance, the work to ensure long-term viability of this classic venue is in high gear. Construction will begin this spring 2016 and the theater will reopen for its 150th Anniversary in December 2017. The fundraising goal of $14.6 million includes structural upgrades, restoration related construction and state-of-the art theatrical equipment, lighting and sound, audience amenities, educational space and roof top terrace and garden.

Please consider the significant and lasting value of a revitalized Opera House Theater and be a part of this cultural, economic and educational project. There are numerous permanent naming opportunities available from $10,000 to $1.5 million. Help deliver the economic, educational and cultural vibrancy of the performing arts to our community! Join us in “Setting the Stage” for a restored Opera House Theater in Newport’s historic town center.

To schedule a tour of the building, see the restoration underway, or to discuss making a contribution to the Opera House Theater please contact us at (401) 619-4599 or at We value your support for the Opera House Theater!

Please remember that for every dollar you donate, the state of Rhode Island will match it thanks to our $4.2 Million Cultural Arts Facilities Bond Grant. Thanks for your support.

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Take Your Seat in Newport History!


Dedicate one of the elegant new seats in the Opera House Theater to honor a special friend or loved one. Relive special memories at the Opera House – that first date, a favorite movie, an unforgettable performance. The name of your choice will be permanently inscribed on a brass nameplate and affixed to one of our plush new theater seats.

The restored Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center will be the vibrant year round main stage for exciting live performances – theater, dance, all genres of music, comedy, family programming and much more. Just imagine the possibilities on our stage and the excitement this restored cultural asset will bring to our year round economy and community!

Be a part of the Opera House future, while “Taking your seat in Newport history!” The new Opera House seats are hand-crafted and feature plush cushions, rich upholstery, wood backs, scrolled armrests and replicas of the original cast-iron end standards. The restored Opera House Theater will have a grand total of 700 seats. You can choose to have your name on a seat in the premier orchestra and balcony sections for $2,500, the balcony for $1500 and the orchestra level for $1000. Take a look at the seating diagram below to choose your section!


And remember, every dollar we raise through our Theater Seat Campaign, helps us match the $4.2 million State Cultural Facilities Grant for the Opera House restoration. Your tax-deductible contribution will be a lasting tribute to your support of the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center.
All contributions will be used to restore the Opera House Theater and to set the stage to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the original opening of the Opera House Theater in 1867.

Please call the Opera House office at 1-401-619-4599, or e-mail us at if you have any questions, would like to purchase a row of seats, or are interested in other major naming opportunities within the Opera House Theater.


Limited number of seat nameplates available. Call (401) 619-4599 or email  Sponsor your seat today!