Hollywood Theatre

164 Taunton Avenue,
East Providence, RI 02914

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A medium size second run theatre that has been closed as a movie theatre since the early 1960’s. Last used for storage, it was demolished in August 2008.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 17, 2008 at 8:46 am

1933 newspaper ad for the Hollywood Theatre. Torch Singer with Joan Crawford and a Zane Grey western To the Last Man. Note that later that week “3 BIG TIME VAUDEVILLE ACTS” would alternate with the film program. The Hollywood Theatre, built by Samuel Bomes in the 1920s, was a popular neigborhood theatre until not much after 1960. True to its name, it generally presented popular recent Hollywood films for the whole family as a second-run area theatre, though much of what it showed was first-run for East Providence. It was razed in August 2008.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 17, 2008 at 9:03 am

Yes, of course. Thanks. Sometimes it pays to check what you write for factual errors.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

from Boxoffice Magazine, March 30, 1957:
The Hollywood, neighborhood house, presented a rock and roll stage show, topped by Bennie Woods, Jo-Jo Jones and Toni Lee. All seats were sold for $1. Attendance was almost capacity.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm

“Both the Liberty here [Providence] and the Hollywood, East Providence, were shuttered recently. The latter situation is being used as the site of several oldtime auction sales. Both are Bomes' houses."
-Boxoffice Magazine, June 15, 1957

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Summer Stock at the Hollywood Theatre…Boxoffice Magazine, September 3, 1949:

“Loretta Price and Doug Martin are at the Hollywood Theatre, East Providence, in "Claudia.”…So successful has summer stock been at the Hollywood…that the management plans to continue this twice-weekly feature this fall."

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 16, 2010 at 7:59 am

Item in Boxoffice Magazine, March 17, 1956:

“The Hollywood, East Providence, and Liberty, Elmwood neighborhood house, both Bomes' operations, by running the same attractions at both houses, have "upped” their newspaper advertising to such a degree that it compares favorably on many occasions with some downtown first runs. Both houses are featuring Saturday afternoon kiddy parties with a variety of kid films, refreshments, souvenirs, prizes and stage entertainment."

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 6:43 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 21, 2010 at 7:36 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, June 10, 1950:

As a tribute to veterans of all wars, the management of the Hollywood Theatre in East Providence invited all veterans to be their guests at a special showing of “When Willie Comes Marching Home” and “Captain Carey, U.S.A.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

Studios sue Milton and Edward Bomes for false reporting of boxoffice receipts at their Liberty Theatre in Providence and Hollywood Theatre in East Providence.
Item in Boxoffice magazine, October 25, 1952:
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 11:54 am

20th Anniversary!
Item in Boxoffice Magazine, April 14, 1951:

“The Hollywood in East Providence recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It opened in 1931 with "Cimarron.”"

[So the theatre existed as a functioning venue for less than 30 years, having ceased regular operation around the end of 1960. Nor was it around during the silent era, as I had thought.]

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