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BobEvans commented about Loew's State Theater on Oct 19, 2007 at 8:33 pm

The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ was rescued by the Eastern Mass Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society and is now playing happily in Knight Auditorium at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
The Chapter runs a successful concert program. For details contact: www.emcatos.com

Bob Evans, President, EMCATOS

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BobEvans commented about Lyric Theatre on Oct 19, 2007 at 6:08 pm

The organ was not in the theater for long. I believe that it was taken out because of the depression. Contact me for details, Lost Memory.

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BobEvans commented about Greenwich Odeum on Feb 26, 2007 at 4:00 pm

I should add that the Kent, Greenwich, Palace, and the Greenwich Drive in were all run by branches of the Erinakes family. Steve, one of the sons, currently runs the Odeum.
I believe that the Erinakes' may still run some theaters in RI.

Bob Evans

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BobEvans commented about Greenwich Odeum on Feb 26, 2007 at 3:58 pm

I have fond memories of the Greenwich AND the Palace in West Warwick. I took the Moller Theatre Organ out of the Greenwich in the seventies. One morning the custodian said that there was a room at the Palace in West Warwick (Arctic) that had a whole bunch of these pipes.
A friend and I checked it out. They were showing “Patton” at the time.
We found a four rank Wurlizer and removed that, also.

Bob Evans

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BobEvans commented about Pastime Theater on Feb 26, 2007 at 3:45 pm

When the Pastime was one theater it did hold 600 people.

Bob Evans

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BobEvans commented about Pastime Theater on Feb 26, 2007 at 3:43 pm

As a kid I would attend the ten cent matinees at the Pastime. My adopted “uncle” was the projectionist (one of two, actually). We each got a quarter for the afternoon. That bought popcorn and two candy bars or popcorn and a drink.
We’d see a cartoon, the feature, and either a serial or a Three Stooges or the like.
Good times, Good times.
The Pastime was one of the first theaters in RI to get Cinemascope.

Bob Evans

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BobEvans commented about Lyric Theatre on Jan 28, 2007 at 4:41 pm

I have many memories of the Lyric. Although I lived in Bristol I often went to this theater. My dad also worked on the projection equipment. The projectionist was Vincent “Red” Madeno who alternated between the Lyric and Pastime in Bristol.
The Lyric had a small balcony making is more deluxe than the cement block Pastime in Bristol. It also had a small Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ in the twenties played by Warrenite Ida Jannitto.
In the eighties I examined the theater and found the old hammered tin procenium arch hidden by suspended ceiling tiles. It was a pretty little house.
Thank goodness at least the outside was somewhat preserved.

Bob Evans
“Wurlinut”