Elmwood Theatre

786 Elmwood Avenue,
Providence, RI 02907

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Elmwood Theatre

The Elmwood Theatre was opened in 1950. 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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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.

The_Brit on April 20, 2016 at 9:49 am

I lived on the other side of the tracks from the Elmwood As a young I frequented the theatre when it was traditional. The admission fee for a person under age 12 was 25 cents. I harbor many fond memories of those days. Then, motivated by Cinerama. Then, inspired by a entrepreneur name Mike Todd, a 70mm format named Todd AO surfaced. The theatre converted to it 100% and long rung films would run for no less than a year. I recall viewing Oklahoma and The sound of Music there. Mike Todd was an unusual person that proclaimed that he would live to be 100. Several weeks or months later, he died in a plane crash. Sad to look back at the theatre and what has become of Elmwood Avenue. In its long days, it as a fantastic place to go both during the traditional days and the Todd AO era.

dickneeds111 on November 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

Didn’t Sound Of Music play in Warwick on its original long run and not at the Elmwood?

mp775 on August 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm

1959 photo, showing Diary of Anne Frank

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