Wickford Theatre

90 Phillips Street,
North Kingstown, RI 02852

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

You can see from http://www.sbcwickford.org/history/history.html that it appears the Wickford Theatre is the old Odd Fellows Hall while the Mathewson Hall was on Brown Street.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Article in Boxoffice magazine, April 12, 1952:

Theatre in Wickford Closed by Stanzler

PROVIDENCE. —-The 37-year-old Wickford Theatre in nearby Wickford has closed for good after a two-year battle for survival. Up until two years ago, the Wickford operated seven nights a week, but since then it has operated only on weekends.

Manager Guy E. Renfro blamed television for the recent closing. but Meyer Stanzler, lessor of the Wickford in a prepared statement, denied that TV was responsible, claiming that his theatre could not stand the competition of the Quonset naval base theatre, which offers a 15-cent rate to defense workers.

Quonset authorities, however, denied that defense workers were allowed in the base theatre. They insisted that admission is granted only to servicemen. Stanzler denies that this is true and claims he can furnish proof to substantiate his claims.

[Note: “37-year old” would place the original opening of this theatre at around 1915.]

royceri on June 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Does anyone know where someone might find the origial blueprints for The Old Theatre ( i.e. floor plan, seating charts, etc)?

TLSLOEWS on May 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

Good name,it does look like a barn.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on May 6, 2008 at 9:59 am

FYI.. the shop is known as the “Old Theatre Store”.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 30, 2006 at 1:03 am

The 1949 Film Daily Yearbook gives the seating capacity as 265.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 20, 2005 at 10:33 am

A note on the building from Statewide Historical Preservation Report – North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1979:

“Former Beacon Lodge Number Thirty-Eight, I.O.O.F. (1884). An impressive 2-story, end gable, shingled building built as a meeting hall for several fraternal organizations.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 28, 2005 at 11:24 am

A 1914 City Directory refers to a Miller Mathewson Hall (moving pictures) in North Kingstown. I wonder if this was the same place.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 7, 2005 at 6:50 am

Two photos of the former Wickford Theatre.
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rweasel on November 20, 2004 at 7:56 am

It is widely believed that the Wickford goes back to the turn of the century, but this is untrue. It was opened May 8, 1942. The building itself was built in 1884, and it was used for theatrical productions. It may have closed as early as 1958.

rweasel on October 24, 2004 at 8:49 am

The Wickford opened for screenings about 1905, and ran until 1963-64. It was never a part of a chain, and only seated about 100.