John Street Theatre

72 John Street,
Cumberland, RI 02864

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John Street Theatre

A long-demolished theatre in Valley Falls, a village of Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 5, 2005 at 3:05 am

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Roland L.
Roland L. on July 15, 2005 at 7:49 pm

Gerald, I talked with a lady that knew about the building that was used for the John St. Theater. The building was nondescript and recalls it being an Amvets Club type building and not really a theater per se. After reading about the old theaters of the 1920’s and 30’s, it seems that a lot of theaters were no more than halls that sported a screen and a portable projector. From her description, this particular theater was of that genre. She believes the building was razed (as you state) many decades ago and possibly in the 50’s.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 15, 2021 at 10:12 am

References to the theatre appeared in the Pawtucket newspaper in the 1913-1914 era. I have copied some of those references and posted them in the photo section. There are no actual ads for the theatre to be found. The place was actually probably a social club with portable projection equipment as one of the scanned pieces indicates. It could even have been an Odd Fellows Hall. As Roland L. suggests in a previous comment, this was likely a hall with a screen and portable projector.

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