Peacedale Theatre

516 High Street,
South Kingstown, RI 02807

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Located in the Peacedale Village part of South Kingstown, not far from Wakefield, this theatre functioned many decades ago on the second floor of a building that still remains.

Information about it would be appreciated.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 7, 2004 at 4:42 am

I believe the Peacedale was known as the State Theatre at one time.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 17, 2004 at 2:31 pm

The placque on the front of the building says “Patsy’s Hall” and gives the year of completion as 1930.

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

Here’s a photo of the former Peacedale Theatre.
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Gerald A. DeLuca on July 11, 2005 at 6:27 am

The address of Patsy’s Hall/Peacedale Theatre is 516 High Street.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on July 15, 2005 at 9:03 am

Patsy’s Hall is a large brick building with some Colonial Revival details. It is also the largest building in the village area.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on July 21, 2005 at 11:46 pm

In this photo, we see a variety show put on at Patsy’s Hall by the Peacedale Fire Department in 1959. David Pelton, Herbert Rice, and Bruce Slader do their own version of the “Kingstown Trio.” (from the volume Peace Dale, by Betty J. Cotter, in the “Images of America” series.)

Note the screen behind the singers. I wonder how late movies continued to be shown at the Peacedale Theatre.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on July 22, 2005 at 12:20 am

There was an earlier-built theatre in Peacedale called the Peacedale Opera House, not far from Patsy’s Hall in this tiniest of villages.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 12:27 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, September 25, 1937:

“The State, Peacedale, which the Stanzlers took over on lease last summer, will open within the next few days. Considerable improvements have been made to the house by the new lessees.”

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