Mayfair Theatre

334 Broad Street,
Cumberland, RI 02864

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Originally opened as Shea’s Theatre in 1915, it later became the Strand Theatre. By 1941 it was listed as the Roosevelt Theatre, which lasted into at least 1943. By 1950, it had been renamed Lincoln Theatre.

Later known as the Mayfair Theatre, it was a village movie theatre in the Valley Falls part of Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 9, 2010 at 12:19 am

Judging by the info presented above, the theatre was still in existence in the mid 1950s and had installed CinemaScope. Anyone have any more precise information about when it ceased operation?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

Item in Boxoffice Magazine, February 2, 1957:

“The Lincoln Theatre building in Valley Falls has been sold by the PHC Company of Pawtucket to Robert W. Jalbert of North Providence. The structure, a showplace in the lower Cumberland Valley community when it was built 40 years ago, was sold for $19,000.”

[Note: that means the theatre was probably built around 1917.]

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Item in Boxoffice magazine, May 3, 1941:

“Charles Tobey of the Roosevelt in Valley Falls, R.I. was in the district.”

[That is, he was in Boston, probably doing summer bookings with distributors. Not earth-shaking, but we also know from this that the theatre was called the Roosevelt at this time.]

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Operators of various theatres in the Pawtucket-Lincoln-Valley Falls area in 1951, gave their opinions on ways to combat the effects of TV on their theatres. Written as a report for the Pawtucket Times, the results were also reported in Boxoffice magazine in the issue of January 27, 1951:
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TLSLOEWS on June 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Thanks Gerald,interesting.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 13, 2011 at 12:33 am

1,300 textile workers/strikers meet at Strand Theatre, Valley Falls, in February 1922.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 13, 2011 at 12:44 am

A 1919 Providence News article reported on certain Central Falls and Valley Falls theatres violating the state prohibition on Sunday film exhibition. READ ARTICLE HERE

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 13, 2011 at 12:45 am

Shea’s Theatre became the Strand on January 1, 1919, according to the above article.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Joseph Shea’s intention to build a movie theater on Broad Street in Valley Falls was announced in the April 10, 1915, issue of The New York Clipper. The plans were by Providence architect John F. O'Malley, who later designed the Leroy Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Matinee77idol on August 31, 2013 at 2:48 am

I used to collect tickets for the summer matinees at the Lincoln from 1948-50. Mr. Harmon was the manager. My grandfather had the candy store connected to the theater when it was the Roosevelt in the early 40,s.

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