Worthington Hall

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Worthington Hall


The rebuilt hall is a copy of the original.
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Location Worthington Ave. at Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, Smithfield Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 41°00′45.6″N75°06′31.7″W / 41.012667°N 75.108806°W / 41.012667; -75.108806 Coordinates: 41°00′45.6″N75°06′31.7″W / 41.012667°N 75.108806°W / 41.012667; -75.108806
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built 1904
NRHP reference # 78002433 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 14, 1978
Removed from NRHP December 18, 1986

Worthington Hall, now known as the Shawnee Playhouse, was a historic theatre located in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1904. [2]

Theatre collaborative form of performing and fine art

Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον, itself from θεάομαι.

Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania Place in Pennsylvania, United States

Smithfield Township is a township in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,672 at the 2000 census.

Monroe County, Pennsylvania county in Pennsylvania, United States

Monroe County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 169,842. Its county seat is Stroudsburg. The county was formed from sections of Northampton and Pike counties. Named in honor of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, the county is located in northeastern Pennsylvania, along its border with New Jersey. Monroe County is coterminous with the East Stroudsburg, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, within the Greater New York–Newark, NY–NJ–CT–PA Combined Statistical Area. It also borders the Lehigh Valley and has connections to the Delaware Valley, being a part of Philadelphia's Designated Media Market.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. [1] It was delisted in 1986 after being demolished following a fire—caused by arson—on June 24, 1985. [2] With help from the people of Shawnee on Delaware, the Seabees, the Hughes Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Trust, a Community Development Block Grant, and generous donations from many individuals and friends, the playhouse was rebuilt.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

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National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. It was created by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. The NEA has its offices in Washington, D.C. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1995, as well as the Special Tony Award in 2016.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development. CDBG, like other block grant programs, differ from categorical grants, made for specific purposes, in that they are subject to less federal oversight and are largely used at the discretion of the state and local governments and their subgrantees.

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