Feb 18, 2020

Polishing a Gem in Rhode Island’s Theatre Community

The Stadium Theatre was built in 1926 and operated successfully as a 1,088 seat opulent theatre from its opening throughout much of the 20th century. In the early years, the Stadium hosted three shows a day, seven days a week. However, the escalating cost of quality live entertainment led to the theatre’s decline. In 1991 a group came together to save the Stadium from the wrecking ball. The group began to fundraise and renovate and by 2001 the historic Stadium Theatre had been restored to her former day grandeur.

In November 2013 the Stadium renovated the second floor space and was unveiled as the Marquee Room. This new performance space was completely designed and furnished through gifts from individuals, business owners and most generously from The Champlin Foundation. The stunning room features a baby grand piano, lounge area and full kitchen, all surrounded by marble, granite and custom millwork.

The Marquee Room was created in an effort to showcase live entertainment that is more conducive to intimate settings. It is also available exclusively to Stadium sponsors and their guests for private receptions prior to their event.

The Stadium has become a recognized center for the performing arts and theatre education drawing world renowned artists, patrons and rising stars from all over the region.