Gilbert Stuart Theatre
19 Maple Avenue,
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The Odeon Theatre was opened by 1922. By 1941 it had been renamed Lyric Theatre. This small neighborhood theatre on a side street in the Riverside section of East Providence had a very plain interior and no lobby. I remember that the walls had a couple of reproductions of portraits by R.I.’s Gilbert Stuart, the artist who did portraits of George Washington.
It was renamed Gilbert Stuart Theatre on October 11, 1953 and CinemaScope movies were well-served here because the wideness of the auditorium allowed for an impressively wide screen. I remember seeing the boy-loves-bull film “The Brave One” here when I was in high school. Low-priced double bills were the policy here. The theatre closed in the early-1980’s and is now a kind of warehouse/garage.
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