E.M. Loew's Center Theatre

144 Main Street,
Pawtucket, RI 02806

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E.M. Loew's Center Theatre

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Located next to the Pawtucket River in downtown Pawtucket, this opened as the State Theatre. By 1926 it had been taken over by the E.M. Loew’s chain and renamed Capitol Theatre. In 1948 it was remodelled to the plans of architectural firm William Riseman Associates and was renamed E.M. Loew’s Center Theatre. It closed in the 1950’s and was razed after that.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2009 at 4:43 am

The E.M. Loew circuit had the Capitol remodeled and renamed it the Center Theatre in 1948. An article about the project, which was designed by William Riseman Associates, appeared in Boxoffice Magazine, July 17, 1948. There was also a nice night photo of the new marquee of the Center on the cover of that issue of Boxoffice.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

That is an excellent piece you’ve posted a link to. I believe it contains the only known photos of Pawtucket’s Loew’s Capitol/Center Theatre.

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Interesting History.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Corrected link to Boxoffice issue, July 17, 1948, as posted above by Joe Vogel, where we can see some of the few existing photos of the Loew’s Capitol.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Thanks Gerald.Great story.Picture.Loews was a classy outfit.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

Ad for a stage show at the State Theatre in 1926.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

Burlesque wasn’t frowned upon at that time in Providence, just five miles away:
Perhaps it was a Pawtucket hang-up.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Tinseltoes- Yes, E.M. Loew had no blood relation to Marcus Loew, who was a generation older. His theaters almost always had “E.M. Loew” in the heading rather than just “Loew” in order to avoid confusion.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Capitol. Address was “Main Street”. There is an exterior photo shot May 1941. The condition is Fair; the theater was over 15 years old, and not showing MGM films. There were 800 seats on the main floor and 450 in the balcony; total 1,250 seats.

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