Park Theater Under Renovation

posted by fca1 on June 7, 2005 at 8:39 am

CRANSTON, RI — The Park Theater, a vintage movie and vaudeville house in downtown Cranston, RI, is in the first stages of a major renovation and expansion. The end result is expected to produce a 1200 seat theater on the footprint of the original theater. An adjoining two story restaurant, conference center and cyber cafe will replace several other now demolished businesses to complete the block long development.

It is expected that the theater will eventually present as many as 100 concerts and theatrical productions annually. The concerts will include a variety of entertainment offerings of a pop, soft rock, country, oldies, jazz, blues and comedy nature. Theatrical presentations will be primarily multi-day and multi-week musical, comedy and drama-based stage shows with scaled down casts but well known lead performers.

The venue is located directly across the street from Cranston East High School and Cranston City Hall. The developer, who now owns the theater and the block on which it sits, is a private company.
Facility Consulting Associates (FCA), a national arena, theater and amphitheater consulting firm based in the Boston area, has been the feasibility, venue development and promoter search consultant for the since 2002.

A well-known international concert promoter and a Boston-based theatrical producer are expected to be announced as presentors of the venue’s two primary sources of annual programming

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Comments (4)

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 7, 2005 at 2:01 pm

I live in neighboring Johnston and never heard of the area where the Park is located being called “downtown Cranston.” Maybe the “center” of Cranston or Rolfe Street area. Is there an “uptown Cranston?” When was the Park originally built? Was this really a vaudeville theatre at one time? (I’m just asking; I’d like to know.) In any case, this is all very good news.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 27, 2005 at 11:59 am

I answered my own questions by checking the Providence Journal on microfilm. The Park was built in 1924. It was equipped for minor-league vaudeville but generally only showed movies.

AmyJohnson
AmyJohnson on September 28, 2005 at 10:18 am

Does anyone know who the architect or GC is for this rennovation?

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