Park Theatre

848 Park Avenue,
Cranston, RI 02910

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Park Theatre in 2005

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The former Park Cinema in Cranston was a triplex that closed in 2002. In 2004 it was being renovated and the triplexing was being undone, to be one theatre auditorium again. The plan was to have a live dinner-theatre with a cafe. The Park Theatre was expected to open in Summer 2004, but that didn’t happen until the Fall of 2009. It now presents live performances.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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mp775
mp775 on October 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm

It’s not quite finished, but the theater is opening its doors for a sneak peek tonight!

Roland L.
Roland L. on October 24, 2009 at 4:47 am

It’s baaaaaaaaaaccccccccckkkkkkkkkkk!!!

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mp775
mp775 on November 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm

October 15 Cranston Herald article says film screenings are a possibility.

October 28 Cranston Herald article about the reopening.

The official name is now “Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts” but the “PARK” sign has been removed, refurbished, and reinstalled atop the building.

mp775
mp775 on May 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Licenses may be revoked in three months if the Park and adjacent 848 Martini Lounge fail to control violence and noise:

Providence Journal

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Item in Boxoffice magazine, August 22, 1953.

“Peter R. Nelson, one of the best-known and well-loved showmen in the state, recently died at the age of 76. Nelson was at various times owner of the old Auburn Theatre and the Park in Cranston. At one time he also was associated in the operation of the old Bijou in Providence and the Royal in Olneyville. Entering the theatre business in 1920, he operated the Auburn for three years before selling his interests to the Park Theatre Corp., of which he remained a partner until 1936 During the period from 1933 to 1936 he operated the Park. For more than 30 years he also operated a store in the Park Theatre building, retiring in 1951 because of his health.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

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."

spectrum
spectrum on December 16, 2010 at 2:50 am

Their new webpage at: http://www.parktheatreri.com/ has a nice photo gallery of interior and exterior shots. The auditorium is all modern in style, but the layout is fairly traditional. And the priscenium arch is a nice classical touch, all varnished wood in a simple but traditional style.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

In September 1926, this theatre was part of the eleven-theatre Celebrate Paramount Week.
Newspaper ad.

irishcine
irishcine on March 30, 2012 at 9:29 am

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2012/03/29/go/11246716.txt

An interesting article with several photos concerning the Park Theatre.

rfarebrother
rfarebrother on September 3, 2013 at 2:10 am

It’s nice but the live performances are a bit more than I am willing to pay.The average price is $35 a seat. It would be nice if they showed movies again.

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