United Theatre

11 Canal Street,
Westerly, RI 02891

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 2, 2005 at 8:50 pm

The United Theater, erected by Samuel Nardone, opened on Monday, January 18, 1926, a little more than a year after the tragic fire that had leveled the Bliven Opera House, over on Main Street. The program included five big acts of Paramount vaudeville plus the movie Tessie with Many McAvoy. After opening night, prices would range from 15 cents to 75 cents. In addition to the orchestra, there was mezzanine and loge seating. The total capacity was 1100. The stage is said to have been the largest of any city or town between Providence and New London. The theatre was initially part of the chain United Theatres of America. The building block that was constructed along with the theatre had room for several shops.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 1, 2005 at 9:33 am

In July of 1931, not only was there a film on the bill, Annabelle’s Affairs with Jeanette MacDonald and Victor McLaglen, but also five acts of Keith-Albee vaudeville.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 27, 2005 at 7:25 pm

Beginning February 24, 1935, the United’s programs for the week would be: Sun.-Wed., David Copperfield, Thurs.-Sat., Rumba & That’s Gratitude.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 15, 2005 at 3:13 pm

Finally. Hallelujah!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 5, 2005 at 12:02 pm

The United has been sold. Close to $1 million worth of renovations are expected to take place before it reopens as a combination cinema/live theatre.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 3, 2005 at 4:02 pm

Link to my pic of the United.
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mmessier13 on September 1, 2004 at 9:17 pm

Does anyone have any updates on this theatre? I would love to check it out if it available.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 1, 2004 at 12:43 pm

It would have been great if some entrepreneur had been able to convert this place into a three-screen art/independent house. It might have done well since there is no competition for that type of fare in the area, the nearest being in Providence, about an hour away with its Avon and Cable Car cinemas. Westerly supports a theatre company and the amazing Westerly Chorus. Why not a movie theatre of this type which would complement, not compete with, the mainstream Stonington Cinemas megaplex across the border in Connecticut?