What: Theater for movies and the performing arts
Where: 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877
The Ridgefield Playhouse is a theater located in Ridgefield, Connecticut with a capacity of 500. It hosts a variety of entertainment events such as the showing of films, plays or musical performances.
The Ridgefield Playhouse was opened in December 2000 with a performance by guitarist Jose Feliciano. It was remodeled from the old Ridgefield High School’s auditorium which was designed in the 1940s by Cass Gilbert Jr. He was the son of Cass Gilbert, architect of Supreme Court Building and the Woolworth Building. When it was still the auditorium in the old high school the auditorium was the place where school performances, community events and town meetings were held. During World War II residents of Ridgefield could see Arturo Toscanini conduct there.
Today the Ridgefield Playhouse holds events from showing films to performances by popular musical artists. Some of the musicians who have performed there include Joan Baez, Sean Lennon, Greg Allman, Jefferson Starship, Peter Yarrow, Pete Seeger, Bob Weir, Little Feat, Levon Helm, George Thorogood, Blue Oyster Cult, Dickey Betts, Hot Tuna, The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Simons and Los Lobos.