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] The building's columns have what appear to be Corinthian capitals, except that their main motif is partly shucked ears of corn. Playmakers Theatre 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] It is located in the Chapel Hill Historic District.


  1. ^ a b c Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "nris" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  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.