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Newspaper ads from 1963 show the theatre was being regularly used for stage productions. The ads refer to the theatre as “The Playhouse,” giving the address 1003 Main Street.
In The Providence Journal, August 26, 2013, there appears this extensive (online) article on the birth, life, and death of the Metropolitan Theatre. Several rare and excellent photos are shown.
That’s a difficult task. If there is a Bristol “historical society”, you might want to start with them. If the film footage was donated to someone, it MAY have wound up in the archives of the RI Historical Society in Providence. They have an archive of film shot in RI.
A racy Italian double bill in 1959.
No, that was taken from a newspaper clipping and is all there was. The Providence Journal archives may contain a wider photo. My link of June 16, 2005 (q.v.) shows more. It is a postcard image of when the theatre was the Emery. Photos of the Carlton are impossibly rare.
I noted in my diary on September 28, 1962 (50 years ago today) that I went to a double bill here at the Fine Arts: Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” and Fellini’s “La Strada.” I also noted that they served (complimentary) small cups of Bolivian coffee.
Here is an image of a poster advertising a film at the Strong in 1916 with a newspaper boy nearby.Poster
The building that housed this theatre (on the second floor) was called Broley Hall. Today it is occupied by Our Place Tuxedos and Uniforms. The Casino was the first cinema in Centredale.
This was actually located in Middletown, RI, the town adjacent to Newport, and not in Newport itself.
A couple of friends and I saw the movie “The Spiral Road” here on August 18, 1962 after not being able to get into the play “The Glass Menagerie” at the Newport Playhouse.
An article on the history of the location appears in The Providence Journal, August 12, 2012. It includes images of the Cycledrome that had been located there
as well as a 1940 image of the drive-in’s entrance. Article with images.
I visited this cinema in late August 1970 to see the Sergio Citti/Pier Paolo Pasolini film “Ostia”, with Franco Citti and Laurent Terzieff.
Tinseltoes is correct. It is two blocks down from Carnegie Hall, and around the corner from the Carnegie Deli, which is at 7th near 55th, an eatery that is a point of reference for me.
No,unfortunately I don’t know of any.
It was a first-run art house for a considerable period in the 1960s. I remember seeing films here like “Family Diary,” “The Grand Olympics” “Woman in the Dunes.”
ARTICLE IN BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE,, June 22, 1959, about the Strand’s manager Harold Lancaster.
In April 1920 the silent screen vamp Theda Bara (anagram for “Arab Death”) appeared in the live play The Blue Flame at the Majestic Theatre. NEWSPAPER AD
OPERA IN 1925
But, ScreenClassic, this photo was taken on September 15, 2011. So as of this date it is not demolished yet! PHOTO
Wesleyan itself has (or used to have) a state-of-the-art facility. Do they offer any programs for the general public? I’m thinking of what Clark University in Worcester and Trinity in Hartford (with its fantastic Cinestudio) do, each open to the general public.
“Elysee to Intensify Quality Film Plan”
Article in Boxoffice magazine, November 18, 1963:
Ad from Newburgh News, April 29, 1929, in connection with the opening of Lady of the Pavements with Lupe Vélez, directed by D. W. Griffith.
Lupe Vélez appeared here in person in March 1929 along with the film she starred in, D.W. Griffith’s last silent film which was also a part-talkie, Lady of the Pavements. NEWSPAPER AD from March 30, 1929.
Here is a photo of the Orpheum in the 1960s.
Here is a postcard showing an early 1900s view of the Français.