85 Central Street,
85 Central Street,Manville, RI 02838
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The Central appears to have ceased operation by 1953.
Proprietor N. J. Trahan donates proceeds of two movie shows at the Central to a charity fund in February 1925.
Strikers hold a mass meeting at the Central Theatre in 1926, as reported in Providence News, August 31, 1926. CLICK HERE.
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.”
The 1949 Film Daily Yearbook gives the address of the Central as 85 Central Street and with a seating capacity of 600.
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.
A 1935 city directory lists this theatre.
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.