9 Freebody Street,
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Architects: Stanford White
Previous Names: Casino Civic Theatre, Freebody Park Theatre
The Casino Theatre, part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, designed by Stanford White, originally opened on July 26, 1880. It has unique shingle-style architecture. Here is a description of the Casino Theatre from the Tennis Hall of Fame website:
“The Theatre on the grounds was also built by Stanford White and was joined to the Court Tennis building by a connecting piazza porch. A visual masterpiece, it served as both a 500-capacity removable seat theatre and as a ballroom for dances. The interior was gold-trimmed ivory with a sky blue ceiling, decorated with golden stars. Attached were dressing rooms and a small utility kitchen. It was the scene of many artistic performances, both amateur and professional. Dances, recitals, poetic readings, shows and ballets were held for the adults, while children were entertained by vaudeville acts and magical mystifications”.
In addition to the above mentioned uses, the theatre also has a documented history as a movie theatre, during both the silent and sound eras, closing in 1987.
While the Tennis Hall of Fame has its entrance at 194 Bellevue Avenue, the Casino Theatre entrance is on Freebody Street, across from Freebody Park, once home to the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals.
Restoration was completed by the Summer of 2010.
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