Crown Theatre

124 Bay Street,
Watch Hill, RI 02891

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Located in the center of the summer colony of Watch Hill, near Westerly, the Crown Theatre was in operation in the first decades of the 20th Century.

By 2005, it had been converted into a restaurant. It was demolished in 2010.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 30, 2006 at 4:53 am

The 1949 Film Daily Yearbook lists the seating capacity as 300.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 2, 2006 at 5:23 am

This theatre appears to have been in operation only seasonally, to serve the summer influx of vacationers and summer residents.

nickelodeon
nickelodeon on April 25, 2010 at 5:12 am

My late friend, Jeanne McPartland, played piano for silent films there in the 1920s. She continued to accompany silents through out her life, and played for many of the programs I produced in CT. She talked about a Fairbanks film shot in the area which was shown locally as a thrill for residents. There were people who went to the screenings who had remembered the film when Fairbanks shot it. One woman was actually in the film. She had many interesting things to retell about her experiences. I do miss her a great deal.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 20, 2010 at 12:18 am

Galen, if you can add more please do.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 1:26 am

Thanks for the story Galen.

nickelodeon
nickelodeon on June 19, 2010 at 3:51 am

You’re most welcome, guys. I found that the Fairbanks film Jeanne played for that was quite a local event was American Aristocracy. It was shot in Watch Hill in 1916. Fairbanks and his entourage arrived on the 2nd week of Aug. to shoot the entire film there on location. I have regretfully never seen it, so I am hunting down a copy for myself. I recall her telling me about a scene where a local woman drives by in an auto and Fairbanks does a stunt where he jumps into the seat of her car. It was quite a hit with the locals, naturally. During the 1970s she accompanied the silent film programs I produced in S.E. CT. Many people came because of her playing. I regret not making a tape of her. But she forbid it. I should have snuck it one evening. She was one of those wonderful people who brought the silents to life! And this is where she got started, at the Ninigret.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Sadly it appears this former theatre has been demolished and the condos have been built.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

change status to “demolished” too

nickelodeon
nickelodeon on February 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

How very sad, Roger. I always wanted to go back and take some pix. That will never happen now.

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