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Saw a James Cagney double feature with my late father there in its 1950s “Lafayette” days. One was “Angels with Dirty Faces” which made me a lifelong James Cagney fan. Later on, all grown up, I was proud and delighted to have worked with him and co-star Pat O'Brien in their final film appearance, “Ragtime.” I still review “Angels with Dirty Faces” which I bought on DVD years ago.
From the FILM Exchange badge: “Balcony for colored?” Even in Rhode Island…sigh…
I kind of think this could be a different building, perhaps constructed on the same plot after the Bellevue was demolished. And an 800 seating capacity seems very high. My first trip to The Bellevue (pronounced bell-view) presented me with a super show: Cartoon, Newsreel, 2-reel serial (Prince Valiant!) and a double-feature. I came away from that experience a died-in-the-wool movie fan.