334 Broad Street,
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Previously operated by: Shea Theatres
Architects: John F. O'Malley
Previous Names: Shea's Theatre, Strand Theatre, Roosevelt Theatre, Lincoln Theatre
Originally opened as Shea’s Theatre on November 15, 1915, it later became the Strand Theatre. By September 1938 it was listed as the Roosevelt Theatre, which lasted into at least 1943. By 1950, it had been renamed Lincoln Theatre.
Later known as the Mayfair Theatre, it was a village movie theatre in the Valley Falls part of Cumberland, Rhode Island.
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1,300 textile workers/strikers meet at Strand Theatre, Valley Falls, in February 1922.
A 1919 Providence News article reported on certain Central Falls and Valley Falls theatres violating the state prohibition on Sunday film exhibition. READ ARTICLE HERE
Shea’s Theatre became the Strand on January 1, 1919, according to the above article.
Joseph Shea’s intention to build a movie theater on Broad Street in Valley Falls was announced in the April 10, 1915, issue of The New York Clipper. The plans were by Providence architect John F. O'Malley, who later designed the Leroy Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
I used to collect tickets for the summer matinees at the Lincoln from 1948-50. Mr. Harmon was the manager. My grandfather had the candy store connected to the theater when it was the Roosevelt in the early 40,s.
THEATRE WHEN CALLED THE ROOSEVELT, 1941
From the FILM Exchange badge: “Balcony for colored?” Even in Rhode Island…sigh…
Just uploaded an ad that shows the Roosevelt name in use in September 1938.
Shea’s Theatre first opened on Monday, November 15, 1915.