Playmakers Theatre

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Playmakers Theatre
Playmakers Theatre.jpg
Historic Playmakers Theatre, a National Historic Landmark and former home to the Carolina Playmakers theater group
Playmakers Theatre is located in North Carolina
Playmakers Theatre
Location Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°54′24″N 79°3′2″W / 35.90667°N 79.05056°W / 35.90667; -79.05056Coordinates: 35°54′24″N 79°3′2″W / 35.90667°N 79.05056°W / 35.90667; -79.05056
Built 1850
Architect Davis, A.J.; Town & Davis
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 71000605
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 24, 1971[1]
Designated NHL November 7, 1973[2]

Playmakers Theatre, also known as Smith Hall, is a Greek Revival temple built in 1850, that was originally designed by New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis as Smith Hall, a combined library and ballroom.[1] After also being used as a laboratory, bath house, and law school, it became a theater in 1923. The Theatre is the perpetual home of the Carolina Playmakers, although as their successor, the Playmakers Repertory Company uses Paul Green Theatre as their primary venue.[3][4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[1]

It was further declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.[2][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Playmakers Theatre". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Historic Playmakers Theatre". Campus Venues. Carolina Performing Arts. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Playmakers Theatre". National Historic Landmarks Program. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  5. ^ ___nps website down fill this out later____ (__, 19___). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: ____" (pdf). National Park Service.  Check date values in: |date= (help) and Accompanying ___ photos, exterior and interior, from 19__ PDF (32 KB)
  6. ^ Note: A National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination document should be available upon request from the National Park Service for this site, but it appears not to be available on-line from the NPS Focus search site.