Wickford Theatre

90 Phillips Street,
North Kingstown, RI 02852

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The Wickford Theatre was used both for theatrical productions and for movies (newspaper ads from the 1940’s list movie programs). For decades the shingled country-barn style building has been used for other purposes and is now an antique shop.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 7, 2005 at 9:50 am

Two photos of the former Wickford Theatre.
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 28, 2005 at 2:24 pm

A 1914 City Directory refers to a Miller Mathewson Hall (moving pictures) in North Kingstown. I wonder if this was the same place.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 20, 2005 at 1:33 pm

A note on the building from Statewide Historical Preservation Report – North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1979:

“Former Beacon Lodge Number Thirty-Eight, I.O.O.F. (1884). An impressive 2-story, end gable, shingled building built as a meeting hall for several fraternal organizations.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 30, 2006 at 4:03 am

The 1949 Film Daily Yearbook gives the seating capacity as 265.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on May 6, 2008 at 12:59 pm

FYI.. the shop is known as the “Old Theatre Store”.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Good name,it does look like a barn.

royceri
royceri on June 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Does anyone know where someone might find the origial blueprints for The Old Theatre ( i.e. floor plan, seating charts, etc)?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Article in Boxoffice magazine, April 12, 1952:

Theatre in Wickford Closed by Stanzler

PROVIDENCE. —-The 37-year-old Wickford Theatre in nearby Wickford has closed for good after a two-year battle for survival. Up until two years ago, the Wickford operated seven nights a week, but since then it has operated only on weekends.

Manager Guy E. Renfro blamed television for the recent closing. but Meyer Stanzler, lessor of the Wickford in a prepared statement, denied that TV was responsible, claiming that his theatre could not stand the competition of the Quonset naval base theatre, which offers a 15-cent rate to defense workers.

Quonset authorities, however, denied that defense workers were allowed in the base theatre. They insisted that admission is granted only to servicemen. Stanzler denies that this is true and claims he can furnish proof to substantiate his claims.

[Note: “37-year old” would place the original opening of this theatre at around 1915.]

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

You can see from http://www.sbcwickford.org/history/history.html that it appears the Wickford Theatre is the old Odd Fellows Hall while the Mathewson Hall was on Brown Street.

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