Elmwood Theatre

786 Elmwood Avenue,
Providence, RI 02907

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The Elmwood Theatre, like so many other old theatres in urban areas, is now used as a church. The marquee has been removed in favor of an awning. however, the old frames for the posters advertising the movies are still there. Only now they are filled with religious posters. The box office can still be seen as well.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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terrywade on December 31, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Does anyone know if the Elmwood had a true curved ToddAo screen when it was showing 70mm roadshow?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 31, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Yes, I am almost certain it did. I attended a number of 70mm showings here, including a couple mentioned in the first post.

JMLJ on January 26, 2008 at 4:09 pm

My recollection is that it was a curved screen. Many memories in this theatre for me. My dad, Larry Johnson, managed it for several years in late 60’s early 70’s. He also opened a printing company in one of the storefronts to primarily print the infamous vomit bags for Mark of the Devil.

One funny anecdote of my childhood from the Elmwood is the time I decided to get up and dance for the audience while the movie was playing. My older sister chased me trying to get me to stop. The whole audience was roaring with laughter. My father looked out from his office to see why the audience was laughing at the “serious” movie that was playing (the office overlooked the theatre from the front of the building). Fortunately, I don’t remember the consequences!

Rudi on May 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

The printing company in one of the storefronts (788 Elmwood Av.) was called Esquire Printing, right? It did all the printing and distribution of accessories for 1972’s “Last House on the Left”.

Coate on October 23, 2009 at 8:12 am

Paging Gerald A. DeLuca. Please contact me if you see this message. I have an Elmwood question for you.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 4:36 am

From Boxoffice magazine, February 4, 1956:

“In the most extensive cooperation promotion ever seen in this area, 14 Providence and nearby houses used record-breaking newspaper advertising space in heralding the joint premiere of "The Day the World Ended” and “Phantom from 10,000 Leagues.” Virtually taking over the amusement pages of the local press for several days, the following houses united in the ad: Elmwood, Hope, Uptown, Liberty, Castle, all in this city; Community, Centredale; Strand, Pawtucket; Union, Attleboro; Hollywood, East Providence; Palace, Cranston; Community, Wakefield; Park, Auburn; Palace, Arctic and Stadium, Woonsocket. A brief checkup of local houses indicated that opening days were solid."

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 2:58 am

“The Elmwood Theatre, Providence, has just completed the successful engagement of "Around the World in 80 Days” for an all-time Providence boxoffice record. In 29 weeks the Michael Todd film took in $152,000.“
(Item in Boxoffice magazine, May 12, 1958)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Gerald,Thanks for those great pictures from the Glory years.1986 pictures are heartbreaking.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 2, 2015 at 11:24 am

The Theatre Historical Society has the MGM Theatre Report for the Elmwood – it’s Card # 542. Unfortunately, no one filled out the form. There is an undated photo of the facade. Movie posted is Gregory Peck in “Twelve O'clock High”, plus a Joe Palooka film.

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