Providence Performing Arts Center

220 Weybosset Street,
Providence, RI 02903

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Logan5 on March 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Seems that this movie theatre was simply called the “Loew’s Theatre” from 1950-1972. The Beatles' February 11, 1964 concert in Washington, DC was shown on closed circuit television here along with separate videotaped performances by the Beach Boys and Lesley Gore on March 14 & 15, 1964. In ‘71 the theatre changed ownership and in '72 it became a live music venue called the “Palace Concert Theatre”.

Patsy on November 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Watch this amazing video between Joey and the real horses when War Horse came to Providence.

Tinseltoes on July 4, 2012 at 7:40 am

Vaudeville revival in 1949 reported at bottom of this page: boxofficemagazine

SCARSRayRay on June 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

This theater showed the original print of Lon Chaney’s London After Midnight. My uncle owned the original hand painted poster which was sold in the late 80s…

I also saw King Kong 1976 on opening day here with the same Uncle as above. It was so packed we had to sit in the last row under the balcony.

gd14lawn on January 5, 2011 at 12:00 am

I think the photos posted by lost memory on 10/28/08 are nicer than the ones on the theatre’s wabsite. Thanks very much!

TLSLOEWS on July 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Another Loews State.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 16, 2010 at 6:21 am

Item about theatre organs in Boxoffice Magazine, December 22, 1956:

“The Sunday Journal devoted the entire front page of the amusement section to a feature story on the removal of the once-famous organs in the Strand, (Loew’s) State, and Majestic. Carrying a picture of Chester McLean, Strand house-manager, and pictures of the relics of the organs, the article stirred up many nostalgic memories for older moviegoers. A resident of nearby Hope Valley, Theo Smith, is buying up the instruments "to save them from the scrap pile.” He repairs the organs, donating them to churches. He is also assembling a complete unit for his home."

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 12, 2010 at 4:15 am

from Boxoffice Magazine, August 19, 1950:

Promotion Drive Started on Film in Production
PROVIDENCE – A long range buildup to the eventual presentation of “Quo Vadis,” now in production in Italy, is being dramatized by Maurice Druker, manager of Loew’s State. Druker has had a large display case erected in the theatre lobby upon which he posts weekly cablegrams reporting the progress of the film, now about half finished.

In addition, photographs showing the picture in the making are displayed. Intense interest has been expressed by patrons entering and leaving the theatre. Many of them have stopped to ask Druker how soon the film will come to the city.

Note: Quo Vadis would open in New York in November, 1951. It opened at this theatre in Providence, then known as Loew’s State, not long after that.

Patsy on February 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Go to the link below to read more about this theatre and the City of Providence proclaiming Feb 17 as Temptations Day. Otis Williams is the last remaining original Temptation.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm

This is a 2009 night photo.

VincentPrice on August 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

When it was the Palace Theater, there used to be two movies for $.99. I saw a lot of Gene Wilder movies, and smoked a lot of dope upstairs in the bathroom during intermission! It was dense with dope smokers. When they cracked down on that, business dropped.

MPol on June 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm

How I wish that the PPAC would go back to having their Big Screen Classic Film Series! I miss that.

bygonedays on October 31, 2008 at 6:19 am

Wayne Underwood asks about the entrance to the old Loew’s Theater on Richmond Street. I am familiar with that side of the building, as I waited there each weekday morning (~1969), for the city bus to take me to the East side where I attended high school. I recall the Loew’s sign on Richmond and guessing that door was used for people to exit the theatre. With 3800 people in attendance, it would have been useful to have at least one additional exit. Perhaps in the early days, it was an entrance for the live performers (organist, musicians in the orchestra pit). Does anyone have any definitive information about this side street entrance?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 28, 2008 at 10:05 am

Your welcome mp775. Here are some nice interior photos.

germancreamkiss on October 28, 2008 at 9:34 am

Well we agree on the semantics. If a person has time to post a link or photo then they also have time to credit the author. Or at the very least go back and give credit when they have receieved a compliment or thanks for a photo that they did not take, such as is the case here.

But I suppose if that person was so busy making multiple comments on as many C/T postings as possible then I can see how they would not have time to give the proper credit.

mp775 on October 27, 2008 at 9:10 am

If you want to get down to semantics, the photographer “shares” the photo with the Flickr community, not us. Lost Memory “shares” the link to that photo with us. There is nothing inappropriate with thanking him for sharing a link here.

germancreamkiss on October 4, 2008 at 6:41 am

No, not that it matters, but as much as you comment you often are thanked for “sharing” a photo. The author is the one who shares it.

Just my opinion that anyone who has time to link someone elses photo has time to credit the author.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm

As I already posted, the name of the person associated with the photo is included on the Flickr page. Anyone that looks at the photo will also see the name of that person. Does the photo in question belong to you?

germancreamkiss on October 2, 2008 at 1:47 pm

That you took credit was not inferred, rather that at the very least the author of a photo deserves the courtesy of being mentioned along with their wotk.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 2, 2008 at 10:17 am

The name of the person that the photo belongs to is included on the Flickr page with the photo. I do not take credit for the photo.

germancreamkiss on October 2, 2008 at 10:13 am

I wonder if it would be too much trouble for lostmemory to begin crediting the author of the photos that he links on Cinema Treasures? It would be nice if the appropriate person could be thanked or recognized for taking the photo rather than the person that submits the comment. I see that his comments run into the hundreds.

MPol on October 1, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Thanks for posting and sharing this photo of PPAC with us, Lost Memory. It’s cool. The Providence Performing Arts Center is a beautiful theatre, both inside and out.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm

This is a nice September 2008 photo.

MPol on July 10, 2008 at 5:35 pm

The Providence Performing Arts Center is also another beautiful old theatre palace that’s perfect for showing old classics, etc., and alsoi has a balcony. Up until several years ago, they, too had classic film series. I saw my alltime favorite movie, West Side Story, which played as part of the film series that year, in 2000, which was also coincided with a big promotion of Wurlitzer Organ that they were having. Before the movie started, however, the audience was treated to rather schmaltzy organ renditions of several prominent WSS songs, which resembled the kind of music that’s frequently heard on a skating rink or a ballpark during a baseball game. The organist went on just a bit too long, and I thought he would never get off, especially since the movie had started. Finally, the organist and organ, both of which and who had been sitting on a small piece of the floor that was automatically pulled down below the stage was whisked down below the platform by some sort of motor and pulleys, or whatever, and, we all enjoyed the film. Although there were only 600 people in a 3500-seat theatre, we all enjoyed the film. Just going to the PPAC and even looking at the outside was a wonderfully artistic experience in itself. Since I had a parttime job at a nearby piano dealer shop as a floor tuner, I drove down to Providence, RI, from the Bay State quite frequently. It was only an hour and a half south of where I live—no big deal.

A couple of years later, I got to see a wonderful stage production of WSS, which was an equally wonderful experience. On several occasions, I tuned the piano backstage of the theatre, which was kind of neat, also.