Rainbo Theatre

223 Main Avenue,
Warwick, RI

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A reference to this theatre appears in the 1938 Warwick City Directory with the owner given as Thomas DiStefano. The street address would place it at or very near the location of present-day St. Rose of Lima Church. Further information on this theatre would be appreciated. There was no “w” on the name Rainbo.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2005 at 5:13 pm

The address is now a private residence, near the intersection of Main, Buttonwoods, and Inman Avenues. I don’t know what this area was like in the first half of the 20th Century, but there are no businesses around now. It’s a purely residential area and seems like an odd place to have put a cinema. This part of Main Avenue is not far from a runway of T.F. Greene Airport, which serves Providence. There was at least one other Rhode Island theatre that had this same name, and that was the Rainbo in Cranston.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 30, 2005 at 8:33 pm

A 1936 directory lists a Luna Hall Theatre at 233 Main Avenue. Must have been the same as the Rainbo, with a typo in the address number for one of the listings.

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