E.M. Loew's Center Theatre

144 Main Street,
Pawtucket, RI 02806

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Located next to the Pawtucket River in downtown Pawtucket, this opened as the State Theatre. It was 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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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Joe,
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
TLSLOEWS on February 20, 2010 at 2:52 am

Interesting History.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 5, 2011 at 8:43 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 26, 2011 at 1:32 am

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

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

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on February 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

The name of the company was Mutual Burlesque, one of the most important “wheels” in the business. I would guess that the word “burlesque” was frowned on or even banned in many places, especially in the New England states.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Burlesque wasn’t frowned upon at that time in Providence, just five miles away:
1921
1929
Perhaps it was a Pawtucket hang-up.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

This should not be listed as Loew’s Capitol, which gives a false impression that it was part of the Lorw’s/MGM empire. E.M. Loew ran his own circuit of theatres, and as far as I know, had no blood ties to Marcus Loew. This theatre was called the E.M. Loew Capitol and then renovated into the E.M. Loew Center. As the E.M. Loew Center, it was featured on the front cover of this trade journal in July, 1948:boxofficemagazine

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 2, 2012 at 6:34 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.

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