The next act of the Newport Opera House’s long-awaited restoration

IN PROGRESS: Melissa Quinn, managing director of the Newport Performing Arts Center, says restoration work on the decorative plaster around the proscenium arch that frames the stage behind her is still needed as part of renovating the former Opera House Theater to become the center’s new home.
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN
IN PROGRESS: Melissa Quinn, managing director of the Newport Performing Arts Center, says restoration work on the decorative plaster around the proscenium arch that frames the stage behind her is still needed as part of renovating the former Opera House Theater to become the center’s new home.
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

For decades, the historic Opera House Theater has been the focus of grand visions of restoration. So far, those visions have been unrealized. The brick building overlooking Eisenhower Park along Touro Street in downtown Newport was built in 1867 and refurbished in 1929, but it’s been many years since a performance has been held in

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