City shutters Columbus Theatre for code violations
PROVIDENCE, RI — The Columbus Theatre was shut down suddenly by the City of Providence on Tuesday, August 25 due to code violations uncovered by a deputy fire marshal. The inspection was triggered by a complaint from a parent of a contestant in a beauty pageant held at the theater the preceding weekend. Other businesses in the building have been allowed to remain open.
Among the violations cited were a fire suppression system that does not meet the current code, electrical deficiencies, storage of paint cans and “other items” in the basement, at least one broken door, and missing exterior decorative tiles. The theater is still waiting for the full list of violations. The cost of the fire suppression system alone is estimated at more than $100,000. As a result of the closure, at least four events, including two film festivals, have been forced to find alternate venues.
For the complete story, read The Providence Journal, 8/28/09.