Park Theatre

848 Park Avenue,
Cranston, RI 02910

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Park Theatre in 2005

The Park Theatre was opened by 1926. The former Park Cinema in Cranston became a triplex that closed in February 2001. 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 on May 4, 2010 at 7:15 am

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 5:43 am

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 4:45 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."

spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Their new webpage at: 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 4:47 am

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

irishcine on March 30, 2012 at 1:29 am

An interesting article with several photos concerning the Park Theatre.

rfarebrother on September 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm

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.

RoyRossi on July 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

My Rocky Horror records show the closing date before renovations as Feb, 2001 rather than the 2002 posted above. We were doing the show there for a year. One night, in Feb, 2001, we were told it was suddenly closing and we had to evacuate our props right after the show.

JimmyP on August 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

I worked here as an usher from July1987 to May1990. Great memories! I was friends with the projectionist who taught me a lot about film history. He owned a 35mm print of the James Bond film “On her majesty’s secret service” We watched it late one weekend after the last show ended. He also had a reel of trailers spliced together. I still have a giant 70mm reel I found in a storage room as well as several posters.

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