Castle Cinema

1039 Chalkstone Avenue,
Providence, RI 02908

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Functions: Restaurant

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Castle Theatre

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Castle Cinema

The Castle Theatre was a neighborhood vaudeville playhouse, which was built in the mid-1920’s that switched to movies only by 1930.

Over the years, it was converted into a triplex, and most recently, converted into a cinema pub and cafe. It was closed in 2004. It later became a pizza place, but that had closed by mid-2022.

Contributed by Richard W. Einig

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 4:39 am

From Boxoffice magazine, February 4, 1956:

“In the most extensive cooperation promotion ever seen in this area, 14 Providence and nearby houses used record-breaking newspaper advertising space in heralding the joint premiere of "The Day the World Ended” and “Phantom from 10,000 Leagues.” Virtually taking over the amusement pages of the local press for several days, the following houses united in the ad: Elmwood, Hope, Uptown, Liberty, Castle, all in this city; Community, Centredale; Strand, Pawtucket; Union, Attleboro; Hollywood, East Providence; Palace, Cranston; Community, Wakefield; Park, Auburn; Palace, Arctic and Stadium, Woonsocket. A brief checkup of local houses indicated that opening days were solid."

Bawidget on June 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

RKQ I really hope you’re still active on this site. I’m a graduate of entrepreneurship and intend to go to grad school for Historic Preservation. My focus has always been on historic theaters. I would love to speak to you about your time owning and operating Castle Cinema. Does anyone know what happened to the original Marquee.

rkq on December 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

From time to time I check in to see new comments. The Castle is still standing,although in ruff shape. Seeing the marquee gone is sad.I assume it was removed for safety reasons.I remember the summer I spent up on a ladder, gently removing the neon letters, scraping off the chipped paint and gently replacing each letter. It was important or me to have the “Castle” letters light the night. When we sold the theater in 2000, the marquee was in decent shape. Over the years the front had been hit by city snow plows,but it was always repaired.

Tony Z
Tony Z on February 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

I recently purchased the Castle Cinema at 1039 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence and would welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone who owned or worked for the Castle Cinema when it was in operation. I can be reached at 401-413-7489.

SwinburneStreet on June 30, 2014 at 6:21 am

I am owner of Cabaret, SpeakEasy, Big Band, Vaudville and Circus types entertainment love to see The Castle alive with entertainment of this type. If interested love to discuss joint ventures you may contact me 401 641 2234. Thank you for your attention to this matter

Jangell on June 23, 2015 at 8:18 am

Is this property currently for sale or in the process of being renovated?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 24, 2018 at 3:26 am

This theatre was used on February 22, 1987 by the Italian Film Society of RI for a showing of the Italian film comedy “Pizza Triangle: A Drama of Jealousy.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 30, 2018 at 9:21 am

The place is now Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 6, 2022 at 6:07 am

Pizza joint. No cinema.

Trolleyguy on September 6, 2022 at 8:12 am

The pizza place is now closed according to their Facebook page.

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