Star Theatre

126 North Main Street,
Pawtucket, RI

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Star Theatre

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The Star Theatre was created in 1908 from a building that was once a Masonic Temple dating back to the early 19th Century. After 1908 it was first used as a moving picture house and was the first theatre in the vicinity to show the Pathe production of the “Passion Play”. It was purchased in 1910 by Walter B. Davis and Julia M. Reid. There was a varied history of motion pictures, vaudeville, and stock productions afterwards.

In 1929, the theatre had been closed a while and was sold by the owner Mr. Davis, according to an article on the theatre that appeared in the Providence Journal in January of 1929. Additional information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2005 at 10:22 pm

All the city directories I’ve consulted list the address as 116 North Main Street. North Main Street in Pawtucket later became known as Roosevelt Avenue.

shoeshoe14 on May 23, 2007 at 7:17 pm

I find it strange that Pawtucket, the catalyst/HQ of the Industrial Revolution has only one theatre, this one to show. All the others have been demolished.

mp775 on May 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Unless the house numbers were radically altered, this theater also no longer exists. 116 or 126 Roosevelt Avenue would be the parking lot for City Hall.

mp775 on May 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Here’s an interesting study of what was playing at the Star in 1912-13 and who was coming to see it on pages 95-96 of Americanizing the Movies and Movie-Mad Audiences, 1910-1914 by Richard Abel (University of California Press, 2006). Other references to Pawtucket theaters appear throughout the book.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Sale of Star Theatre in 1929. From Providence News, September 1, 1929:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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

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