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Previously operated by: Associated Prudential Theaters Inc., Playhouse Operating Co.
Architects: Harry Leslie Walker
Styles: Colonial Revival
Previous Names: Rye Theater, Rye Playhouse
The Rye Theater was opened on April 23, 1921 with Thomas Meighan in “The Easy Road”. The architect of this charming Colonial Revival style theater was Harry Leslie Walker. By 1927 it was renamed Playhouse Theatre and was operated by Playhouse Operating Co.
By 1941 it was operated by the Prudential Circuit and known as the Playhouse when the Film Daily Yearbook gives a seating capacity of 621. It was also known as Rye Playhouse. It was destroyed by fire on August 11. 1951.
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I believe this is the building that now houses a CVS drug store…
Hey, Joe – the theater was actually on the site of the City Hall…my boyfriend and I just completed a documentary on the theater and its mysterious fire. It’s airing on RCTV, Rye Community Television! Any further info anyone wants to share is highly welcome! Laura Jenemann
A small and rather blurry photo of the Rye Playhouse can be seen on this page of Boxoffice, March 7, 1936.
Opened on April 23rd, 1921. Grand opening ad posted.
Listings ended in 1951.
Listings probably ended in 1951 due to the fire depicted on this web page.
The fire was on August 11, 1951. Another photo here.