The United Theatre closed its doors in 1986 and remained vacant until we started hosting events in the space in 2014.
Yes, The Ocean Community United Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The UNITED; a regional center for the arts and arts education showcasing world-class performing, visual and creative arts.
Everything, from HVAC and Plumbing to the theatre layout itself. The space will include a versatile black-box theatre created to accommodate up to 650 people for various uses, or be divided into two smaller spaces. The United will also include a 90 seat cinema for first-run and revival films, an art gallery, and a 30 seat flexible theatre, for use as a micro-cinema, gathering or exhibit space. The education center within The United will include 11,000 square feet of space for classes, workshops and studios in music, film, visual and performing arts. The education center will also be home to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School.
Yes. The United is a contributing member of the National Register of Historic Places listed as the Westerly Downtown Historic District. Renovations of The United will protect and restore the historically significant architecture and affectivity of the beloved former theatre.
The United is proud to partner with public, private, not-for-profit, and community organizations in its programming and outreach; collaboratively shaping the physical and social character of the region around arts and cultural activities.
The United will feature spaces to host first-run and repertory cinema screenings, live music, opera, theatre, dance, lectures, comedy, visual art exhibitions and film, music and arts festivals. Click here to learn more about upcoming and past events.
The United will host educational programs for youth as well as adults in music, film, theatre and fine-arts, and include an Educational Learning Center for 300+ weekly lesson, class and ensemble students of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School.
Through music, film and arts education, The United will aid in building a compassionate community of creative thinkers, leaders, and lifelong learners. By partnering with public, private, not-for-profit, and community sectors, The United will serve as a catalyst in strategically shaping the physical and social character of the region around arts and cultural activities. And by creating a hub of activity and entertainment, The United will serve as a magnet to draw tourism and consumers into the downtown and Westerly region.
Yes, we will have a membership program at The United. Details are still TBD, but please join our mailing list to be among the first to know.