Park Theatre

848 Park Avenue,
Cranston, RI 02910

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mp775 on December 9, 2021 at 11:50 am

Auction tomorrow -

Roland L.
Roland L. on September 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm

I think the current owner did a great service by keeping the facade in place. Took great care to preserve the look.

mp775 on September 23, 2021 at 1:32 pm

There may finally be a buyer -

mp775 on April 30, 2021 at 10:29 am

The auction was postponed, and the City of Cranston is helping find a buyer, with the condition that it remain a performing arts venue.

mp775 on April 28, 2021 at 6:32 pm

The building is being auctioned tomorrow -

JimmyP on August 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

I worked here as an usher from July1987 to May1990. Great memories! I was friends with the projectionist who taught me a lot about film history. He owned a 35mm print of the James Bond film “On her majesty’s secret service” We watched it late one weekend after the last show ended. He also had a reel of trailers spliced together. I still have a giant 70mm reel I found in a storage room as well as several posters.

RoyRossi on July 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

My Rocky Horror records show the closing date before renovations as Feb, 2001 rather than the 2002 posted above. We were doing the show there for a year. One night, in Feb, 2001, we were told it was suddenly closing and we had to evacuate our props right after the show.

rfarebrother on September 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm

It’s nice but the live performances are a bit more than I am willing to pay.The average price is $35 a seat. It would be nice if they showed movies again.

irishcine on March 30, 2012 at 1:29 am

An interesting article with several photos concerning the Park Theatre.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 15, 2011 at 4:47 am

In September 1926, this theatre was part of the eleven-theatre Celebrate Paramount Week.
Newspaper ad.

spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Their new webpage at: has a nice photo gallery of interior and exterior shots. The auditorium is all modern in style, but the layout is fairly traditional. And the priscenium arch is a nice classical touch, all varnished wood in a simple but traditional style.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 4:45 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."

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 16, 2010 at 5:43 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, August 22, 1953.

“Peter R. Nelson, one of the best-known and well-loved showmen in the state, recently died at the age of 76. Nelson was at various times owner of the old Auburn Theatre and the Park in Cranston. At one time he also was associated in the operation of the old Bijou in Providence and the Royal in Olneyville. Entering the theatre business in 1920, he operated the Auburn for three years before selling his interests to the Park Theatre Corp., of which he remained a partner until 1936 During the period from 1933 to 1936 he operated the Park. For more than 30 years he also operated a store in the Park Theatre building, retiring in 1951 because of his health.”

mp775 on May 4, 2010 at 7:15 am

Licenses may be revoked in three months if the Park and adjacent 848 Martini Lounge fail to control violence and noise:

Providence Journal

mp775 on November 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

October 15 Cranston Herald article says film screenings are a possibility.

October 28 Cranston Herald article about the reopening.

The official name is now “Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts” but the “PARK” sign has been removed, refurbished, and reinstalled atop the building.

Roland L.
Roland L. on October 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm

It’s baaaaaaaaaaccccccccckkkkkkkkkkk!!!

View link

mp775 on October 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

It’s not quite finished, but the theater is opening its doors for a sneak peek tonight!

mp775 on August 31, 2009 at 10:56 am

Today’s Providence Journal suggests an early- to mid-October opening.

mp775 on August 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm

The Park Café and 848 martini lounge are open! The second-floor LOL Comedy Lounge opens September 12. As for the theater itself, they have hired a manager who is traveling the country booking entertainment.

Cranston Herald article #1
Cranston Herald article #2
Cranston Herald article #3

mp775 on August 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

New feature on the Park at Art in Ruins, with photos from 2004 to 2008: View link

mp775 on June 5, 2009 at 8:18 am

Video tour of the project with mayoral candidate Cindy Fogarty and Councilman Emilio Navarro, from August 2008. “The restaurant and bar should be open within the next two months” – well, not quite.

mp775 on January 14, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Work continues! The entire building is now two stories, including over the former storefronts, and it’s four stories over the stage. It appears that interior work is going on now, as there was a truck making deliveries to a loading dock at the rear of the building. If things continue at this pace, a 2009 opening is likely.

mp775 on July 2, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Work on the theater is progressing. There is a very large two-story building rising west of the existing theater building (visible as steel framework in Roland’s photos) with windows on the north (Park Avenue) and west sides. It looks like the auditorium will be expanded into part of the first floor of the building. As Roland’s photos indicate, there is nothing left of the lobby and Park Avenue storefronts except the exterior walls.

Roland L.
Roland L. on June 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Here are some photos that I took today to show just how much destruction (renovation?) that is taking place. I’ll go back during the week when I can take closer up photos of the renovations of the interior. I can tell you that this doesn’t look like a renovation, it looks like a total redo.

View link

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 31, 2007 at 6:24 am

Last time I was by a few weeks ago, construction seemed to be in progress, with a massive rear-of-stage area being readied. But there have been so many starts and stops here that I can only believe it when I see the final results.