Broadway Theatre

514 Broadway,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

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The Broadway Theatre was a neighborhood house showing second-run films until the 1950’s, after which the theatre was razed.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Marialivia
Marialivia on April 16, 2005 at 8:13 am

Yes Gerald, I do indeed remember the Broadway. My best girlfriend moved into that area from my neighborhood on Lonsdale Avenue, and it was a big excursion for me to cross the city by 2 busses and join her for Saturday afternoon at the Broadway and then an overnight at her house! I’d love to see a photo of the place which I could e-mail to her (she now lives in Maine). I think I saw movies at the Broadway after I was married and living on Armistice Blvd. too. Before we had a TV, we went the movies several times a week and probably went to the Broadway when we had seen everything else in town!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 16, 2005 at 11:33 am

I remember as a child being driven by there. Never visited. Perhaps a photo will turn up.

Roland L.
Roland L. on April 16, 2005 at 10:58 pm

Boy, I am having this picture stick in my head concerning this theater. I use to hang around Broadway in my later teens and knew a LOT of Broadway people including the owner of Broadway Pizza and Risho’s Market.

Anyway, directly across from Broadway Pizza at 511 Broadway was this building to the right of the older Risho’s Market. I recall the building was brickfaced and painted white but there were these trim bricks that were painted red, kind of like they were attempting some castle or armory effect. I also recall the “Year Built” badge close to the top of the building. It was not a big building, single story but fairly deep. It was not operational when I knew this building which was mid 70’s.

It would be located in the parking lot of the NEW Risho’s Market. That’s if Risho’s is still there.

Was this the Broadway Theater?

Marialivia
Marialivia on April 17, 2005 at 11:01 am

Roland, perhaps Gerald could answer this for you. I wasn’t familiar enough with the area to answer your question, as the Broadway Theater was across town and I visited it only on rare occasions.

The Fairlawn was the place I spent much of my growing-up years. I remember vividly every inch of it!

Roland L.
Roland L. on April 21, 2005 at 2:19 pm

Gerald, I did do some research on this theater while I was at the library.

It was called the Circle Theater from 1928-1934 and in 1935 it became the Broadway until it no longer operated in 1959. It was listed as vacant from that time on.

Roland L.
Roland L. on May 8, 2005 at 11:28 pm

I have an aunt looking for photos of this theater. I am working diligently trying to obtained photos of every theater where I’ve made comment.

Those who are younger might recall A&S Wheel and Brake Service which occupied the building until it was razed to put in the small strip of stores. I never knew this building was a theater and I remember when the building was razed somewhere around 1978.

For those familiar with Pawtucket and Broadway, the theater was indeed to the right of Risho’s Market in the big parking lot.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 6, 2005 at 9:28 am

A 1929 city directory lists a theatre at this address under the name of Circle Theatre. That must have been the Broadway’s earlier name.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, June 7, 1941, page 75. Hardly earth-shattering, but it gives us the name of the manager at the time:

“Al Ward of the Broadway in Pawtucket has had new lamps installed at the house.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

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:
View link

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Report on a concert held in 1928 at the Circle Theatre, as the Broadway was then known:
CLICK HERE

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