Gilbert Stuart Theatre
19 Maple Avenue,
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Formerly known as the 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.
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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