368 Westminster Street,
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Not to be confused with the Empire Theatre at 410 Westminster Street or an earlier Bijou Theatre, near the Arcade. That one closed in 1925.
This one was located further up Westminster Street. It had originally been called the Westminster Theatre when it opened around 1870. It became an early burlesque house. On August 26, 1915 it was renamed Empire Theatre. It was later renamed Bijou Theatre. In 1948-1949 it was renamed Empire Theatre again and was soon closed.
In a 1996 Providence Journal article on old Providence theatres, writer Michael Janusonis wrote that “…the hoity toities referred to it as ‘the sinkhole of depravity’” but that customers shorted that term to “The Sink”. This was up near Snow Street.
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