Bellevue Theatre

536 Dexter Street,
Central Falls, RI 02863

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A long-defunct neighborhood theatre in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Any information about this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 25, 2007 at 6:12 am

Mr. P, thank you very much. Sometimes you can loook at an old builking and say to yourself, “This was a theatre,” because of some external evidence like a scenery tower. Here there is nothing evident. Do you know about what year the Bellevue closed? I never went to the Bellevue and am from Johnston. I have a keen interest in old RI theatres. Here you can see my FLICKR SET of pictures on that topic.

MrPCpa
MrPCpa on April 25, 2007 at 7:51 am

I would guess that it closed in the fifties. I moved to Cumberland in 1948 and it was still going strong. I’d have to say around 1955.

Roland L.
Roland L. on January 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Well, of all places to get some photo opt. I recently bought a magazine commemorating the soldiers and shipmates from the Pawtucket/Central Falls area.

Keep in mind that it was published in June of 1921. One can then deduce that the Bellevue had to run the very early flickrs and silents.

For the non French among us, the wording reads Compliments of Bellevue Theater, Walter J. Cooper, owner-manager, Dexter Street, Central Falls, RI.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 9:01 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, October 9, 1954:

“Melvin Safner of the Safner circuit has taken over the Bellevue Theatre, Central Falls, R.I. on a long term lease. This theatre has been operated for many years by the late Phil Marget and now makes the second house in that city to be operated by the Safners, who have the Lafayette Theatre there.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Operators of various theatres in the Pawtucket-Lincoln-Valley Falls area in 1951, gave their opinions on ways to combat the effects of TV on their theatres. Written as a report for the Pawtucket Times, the results were also reported in Boxoffice magazine in the issue of January 27, 1951:
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 17, 2011 at 6:33 am

This theatre was part of the September 1923 6th Paramount Week. In this advertisement from the (Providence) Evening Tribune, September 1, 1923, we see a fascinating list of Rhode Island area theatres, many long-gone and long-forgoten, or even unheard of, as well as what they were showing during that week. CLICK HERE and move image to see all theatres.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

“Scratch house”

Reminiscence of the Bellevue Theatre by Lester C. Boyd as noted in the Providence Journal of September 26, 1985:

“Speaking of Central Falls, some readers may recall that a few weeks ago I reminisced in this space about the Bellevue Theater. The other day Norman Shorrock, who was one of the gang that used to walk from Saylesville to Central Falls on Saturday afternoons to go to the Bellevue, dropped in the office to remind me that our name for the theater was ‘The Scratch House,’ the implication being that you were likely to encounter creatures that would set you to scratching. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were true.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Announcements of what’s playing at Pawtucket and Central Falls movie theatres in November, 1921:
LISTINGS IN PROVIDENCE NEWS

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm

A 1919 Providence News article reported on certain Central Falls and Valley Falls theatres violating the state prohibition on Sunday film exhibition. READ ARTICLE HERE

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I don’t think this should be listed as demolished. It is still there in all street views and satellite views.

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