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Atlantic City’s theater experience


Courtesy Atlantic City CVA

If your group enjoys performing-arts experiences as part of a tour, Dante Hall Theater provides a cultural respite from the buzz of Atlantic City. This intimate 240-seat performing-arts center is run by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and plays host to professional and amateur theater performances, live concerts, film screenings and other events.

The theater is located in the historic Ducktown neighborhood, where it was built in 1926 by St. Michael’s Catholic College. Throughout the mid-20th century, the building served as a church hall, a gymnasium and a community theater venue for productions by the school’s drama department and opera company. The school closed in the late 1980s, but a redevelopment initiative funded by the city’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority invested $3.5 million into the renovation and reopening of the theater in 2003.

Visitors who attend a program at the theater are likely to find poetry readings, musical revues and productions of classic Broadway fare. This spring’s schedule included a one-act play festival that featured productions such as Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.”