Playhouse Theatre

Boston Post Road,
Rye, NY 10580

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Previously operated by: Associated Prudential Theaters Inc., Playhouse Operating Co.

Architects: Harry Leslie Walker

Styles: Colonial Revival

Previous Names: Rye Theater, Rye Playhouse

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Playhouse Theatre

The Rye Theater was opened on April 23, 1921 with Thomas Meighan in “The Easy Road”. The architect of this charming Colonial Revival style theater was Harry Leslie Walker. By 1927 it was renamed Playhouse Theatre and was operated by Playhouse Operating Co.

By 1941 it was operated by the Prudential Circuit and known as the Playhouse when the Film Daily Yearbook gives a seating capacity of 621. It was also known as Rye Playhouse. It was destroyed by fire on August 11. 1951.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

joemasher on November 1, 2004 at 9:28 am

I believe this is the building that now houses a CVS drug store…

noisylibrarian on February 17, 2006 at 12:01 pm

Hey, Joe – the theater was actually on the site of the City Hall…my boyfriend and I just completed a documentary on the theater and its mysterious fire. It’s airing on RCTV, Rye Community Television! Any further info anyone wants to share is highly welcome! Laura Jenemann

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

A small and rather blurry photo of the Rye Playhouse can be seen on this page of Boxoffice, March 7, 1936.

rivest266 on April 26, 2021 at 5:45 pm

Opened on April 23rd, 1921. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on April 26, 2021 at 10:23 pm

Listings ended in 1951.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2021 at 7:49 pm

Listings probably ended in 1951 due to the fire depicted on this web page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2021 at 7:55 pm

The fire was on August 11, 1951. Another photo here.

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