Imperial Theater

61 Broad Street,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

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The Imperial in 1924

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This theater originally opened in 1915 and ran its course by 1938 as evidenced by the Pawtucket/Central Falls City Directory.

I had the great fortune to talk to two brothers aged 90 and 91, that recall going to see the silent films at this theater around the early 20’s.

According to printed material, the Imperial Theater had one of the largest theater pipe organs in the country. The organ was elaborate for the theater and soon was replaced with a traditional piano. The acoustics were said to optimize the atmosphere for the silent films and the marquee enjoyed hosting the best pictures Hollywood had to offer at that time.

Contributed by Roland Lavallee

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Roland L.
Roland L. on June 28, 2005 at 2:17 am

Gerald, the only pieces of info I have about the Globe was that it was on the corner of Main and Roosevelt (North Main) Sts. I seem to recall reading that the Globe was originally known simply as The Opera House in the 1890’s and competed directly with the Music Hall. FYI, Mill St. became North Main which became Roosevelt in 1933 to honor the President.

I’ve added an entry for the Music Hall and when the New Theater entry becomes active I will host four pictures.

Also, the Scenic and Star opened in 1911.

I do have some statistics info on the Music Hall in Providence on Westminster street if you need it.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 28, 2005 at 8:25 am

Re: Music Hall in Providence. Yes, I would like info. I know it burned down in 1905 and never showed movies, except as a novelty. For example, The Great Train Robbery was shown there.

Roland L.
Roland L. on June 28, 2005 at 11:03 am

Re: Music Hall. Here is what I found about the Music Hall in Providence. Each paragraph was taken from a different source and note the address change.

MUSIC HALL, 276 Westminster St., is used for concerts, lectures, fairs, etc. Its shape is rectangular, 105 feet long, 85 feet wide. A gallery runs along three sides, and an upper gallery in the rear. The hall contains a fine and powerful Hook & Hastings concert organ. Stage accommodates an orchestra of 60, and 300 singers. Seating capacity of auditorium, 2,200. The hall was enlarged, and the interior arrangement completely reversed, in 1881.

Providence is well supplied with public halls and places of amusement, some of which are ranked among the first in New England. Music Hall, No. 266 Westminster Street, is one of the largest in the city. Its dimensions are: Length, 106 feet; breadth, 85 feet; height, 52 feet; with a seating capacity of 2,250. Music Hall is especially adapted for fairs, as the main floor has an area of 6,888 square feet. A spacious gallery, extending around the four sides, furnishes seating capacity for 1,100 persons. In short, Music Hall, for concerts, fairs, lectures, school exhibitions, and first-class entertainments, possesses advantages second to no other hall in America. The Providence Opera House, Low’s Opera House, and the Academy of Music are other well-known places of amusement.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 28, 2005 at 11:28 am

Thanks. The Providence Opera House is listed, and Low’s Opera House is listed under the name Victory.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 2, 2005 at 2:11 pm

Roland, you mention the Globe a few times. I posted it on Cinema Treasures along with a photo I found. It’s here.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 17, 2007 at 6:55 pm

On January December 31, 1918 a fire broke out at 11:30 PM in the furnace room after the theatre had closed. It caused considerable damage so that the theatre would not re-open for several days, according to a January 1st article in the Providence Journal.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2008 at 1:46 am

In 1930 the Imperial Theater had 1,004 seats.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Item in Boxoffice magazine, January 12, 1935:
“The Imperial at Pawtucket is reopening. It was last operated by Dave Perkins, now in the Publix publicity department.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm

New organ installed in Imperial Theatre in 1921. REPORTED HERE

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Announcements of what’s playing at Pawtucket and Central Falls movie theatres in November, 1921:
LISTINGS IN PROVIDENCE NEWS

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