nce the home of study halls and student performances, as well as town meetings, the auditorium that was designed by Cass Gilbert Jr. as part of the old Ridgefield High School took on a new life in 2000. Refurbished and redecorated, it became the Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts. Refurbished last year, with new seating, the theater has a busy schedule that regularly fills the auditorium to hear nationally known acts. Just this spring, the line-up has included An Evening with Wilson Phillips, The Hit Men, Cowboy Junkies, The Taj Mahal Trio, The Tartan Terrors, comedian Mario Cantone, The B52s, Travis Tritt, and many more. The theater screens first-run movies and also has an active Film Society, which presents recent and classic films as well as salutes to directors. Ira Joe Fisher and Morton Dean host after-film discussions with the movie’s creators and/or stars. The Met Live in HD affords opera fans the opportunity to enjoy performances by top stars, simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Playhouse also offers classes in writing and performance and many children’s shows.
For complete information on events, and for memberships, call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.The Ridgefield Playhouse is at 80 East Ridge, to the rear of the Richard E. Venus Municipal Center between Prospect Street and Governor Street.