Metropolitan Theatre

9 Chestnut Street,
Providence, RI 02903

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Metropolitan in 1932

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The second largest movie palace in Rhode Island after Loew’s State Theatre was up the block from that theatre, which is now the Providence Performing Arts Center. At the corner of Broad Street and Chestnut Street, the Metropolitan Theatre opened in August 1932, and was the only theatre in the city with two entrances. Never as successful in its programs as its main rivals, Loew’s State Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, the Strand Theatre or the RKO Albee Theatre, it closed in 1955 and was demolished in 1961.

Today the location is occupied by an apartment complex, Beneficent House.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Off topic,I guess.I think there is a MASH TV episode where HawKeye and BJ try to get a copy of “THE MOON IS BLUE”.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Interesting. That movie today would get a PG rating. I remember the huge ads for it in the Providence Journal when it was shown here as well as all the hullabaloo. I was just a kid. I didn’t manage to see it until years later. Netflix doesn’t seem to carry it, but it is available through eBay.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 15, 2010 at 1:56 am

An item on the razing of the Metropolitan Theatre appeared in Boxoffce Magazine, October 30, 1961:
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(Click and expand to read better. Column 3)

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 19, 2010 at 5:56 am

Heifetz at the Metropolitan Theatre. Item in Boxoffice magazine, February 21, 1953:

The Metropolitan interrupted “Treasure of the Golden Condor” for a one-night appearance of violinist (Jascha) Heifetz.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 12:13 am

“Testimony on Providence Metropolitan is Taken"
Boxoffice magazine on June 10, 1939 ran this long piece on the Metropolitan Theatre, dealing with an anti-trust suit in film bookings, and preference shown to the nearby Bijou in the supplying of films by distributors.
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 12:09 am

Record Roundup Propgram is a Hit In Providence
Item on the Metropolitan Theatre, Boxoffice magazine, November 3, 1945:
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 4:17 am

Report on the opening of Conn’s Metropolitan Theatre on August 25, 1932 at 10 a.m., in Boxoffice magazine, September 1, 1932:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 4:21 am

Three months later Conn filed for bankruptcy. Item in Boxoffice magazine, November 3, 1932:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

Opening day ad for the Metropolitan, August 25, 1932.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 26, 2013 at 2:56 am

In The Providence Journal, August 26, 2013, there appears this extensive (online) article on the birth, life, and death of the Metropolitan Theatre. Several rare and excellent photos are shown.


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