Star Theatre

Main Street,
East Greenwich, RI

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This theatre was listed in the 1914 city directory and was presumably an early movie theatre. Further information would be appreciated.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 7, 2005 at 8:06 pm

In the 1960 volume History of East Greenwich, Rhode Island: 1877-1960, Martha R. McPartland wrote:

“The year of 1909 saw the advent of the first movie theatre in town, when P. J. McCahey opened the Star Theatre, near where the Big Star Market now stands. High class entertainment was advertised, including pictures of the Hudson River Celebration and the Pittsburg-Detroit world championship baseball game. Reserved seats were fifteen cents, and regular seats were ten cents. In 1917 the Star Theatre was showing the silent movie version of "Snow White,” starring Marguerite Clarke and featuring a local boy, “Blue” Rice, as one of the seven dwarfs. All seats were then twelve cents. Joe Gorman was the owner of the theatre at the time.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 25, 2005 at 8:43 pm

The building that was the original Star Theatre of East Greenwich still exists. The Star was located next to Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street. Odd Fellows Hall had been completed in 1878. It was a building with stores at the ground level and a social hall on the second floor. Over the decades , as a community hall, Odd Fellows Hall was used for theatrical performances, concerts, lectures. As the “East Greenwich Opera House” in 1902 and 1903 it presented first class drama, minstrels and vaudevilles. The life of the hall continued until 1946 when a fire that broke out on April 15 completely destroyed the building. A photo of the place in flames, in a 1991 issue of The Packet, a periodical about East Greenwich history, shows what is identified as the Star Theatre next door. The Star Theatre building was not affected by the fire and survives to this day. There are apartments as well as a ground-level Chinese restaurant called Taste of China in the three-floor structure. Here is a photo of the place now.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 25, 2005 at 11:16 pm

The current vacant lot to the left of what was the Star Theatre is where Odd Fellows Hall used to be. To the right of the Star building today is the Greenwich Hotel, formerly Updike Hotel. The Main Street location is near the intersection with Church Street and across from legendary Jigger’s Diner.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 1, 2008 at 2:20 am

Address is 148 Main St.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

This theatre was part of the September 1923 6th Paramount Week. In this advertisement from the (Providence) Evening Tribune, September 1, 1923, we see a fascinating list of Rhode Island area theatres, many long-gone and long-forgoten, or even unheard of, as well as what they were showing during that week. CLICK HERE and move image to see all theatres.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

In September 1922 this theatre was part of Rhode Island’s Paramount Week. Click to see the ad in Providence News, September 1, 1922, which contains a list of all participating theatres as well as the films shown that week.

PART ONE OF AD
PART TWO OF AD

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Item in The Providence News, December 23, 1920:

[i]TO SPEAK FOR HOOVER FUND
The Rev. Victor Herbert will speak at the Star Theatre in East Greenwich tonight in behalf of the starving people of Europe.[/i]

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