229 Main Street,
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Previously operated by: E.M. Loew's Theaters Inc.
Firms: Stone & Carpenter
The Music Hall Building was erected in 1880 for Lucius Bowles Darling who owned a fertilizer company in Pawtucket.
It has a seating capacity of 1,700 and boasted the longest staircase in the country. The theater was located on the second floor and the interior had three sections; orchestra, balcony and second balcony.
By 1926 it had been taken over by E.M. Loew’s Theaters Inc. In 1936, the facade of the building was given the Art Deco look and a new tenant moved to the first floor. That new tenant was The Peerless Company. Modern Shoe remained in its former location in the Music Hall Building.
The theater was originally designed for opera and the “vaudes”, but needed to compete with the Leroy and Strand theaters for the silent film crowds.
I have talked with a person who used to visit the theater as a child and he remembers mostly that the Music Hall favored the westerns and cowboy movies featuring stars like Tom Mix and Buck Jones.
The building was razed in 1970 for the second pass of the Downtown Revitalization Project.
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