Central Theatre

85 Central Street,
Manville, RI 02838

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The Central Theatre in the Manville part of Lincoln ceased operations around fifty years ago, and the building no longer exists. Information on it or any local Rhode Island theatres will be appreciated.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2005 at 10:48 pm

The 1919 R.I. directory lists a Bijou Theatre for Manville but no address. I do not know if it was the same theatre as this one.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 26, 2005 at 5:28 am

A 1935 city directory lists this theatre.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 27, 2005 at 11:37 am

In February of 1935, the following film programs were on the Central screen between the 17th and the 23rd: The Gay Bride & White Lies, That’s Gratitude & Redhead, Bright Eyes (Shirley Temple) & Marie Gallant.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 30, 2006 at 1:22 am

The 1949 Film Daily Yearbook gives the address of the Central as 85 Central Street and with a seating capacity of 600.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Item in Boxoffice magazine, November 21, 1942:

“The Central Theatre, Manville, R.I., has beeen sold by Napoleon J. Trahan to Henry M. Sperling, Woonsocket op-erator.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Strikers hold a mass meeting at the Central Theatre in 1926, as reported in Providence News, August 31, 1926. CLICK HERE.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Proprietor N. J. Trahan donates proceeds of two movie shows at the Central to a charity fund in February 1925.
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