Dimerina Theatre

7 Stokes Street,
Providence, RI

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This theatre existed in 1907 and was one of the many that were popping up all over Providence as the movies became very popular. It was located on a side street off Olneyville Square.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 28, 2005 at 2:24 am

The Dimerina was located behind the building in Olneyville Square that was/would become the R.I. HOSPITAL TRVST BANK…an etching still visible on the front although the bank building is now the Olneyville branch of the Providence Public Library. 7 Stokes Street, where the Dimerina was, is today a parking lot with an adjacent vacant lot. No building remains. Turn right a bit from Stokes Street onto Olneyville Square, cross the Square, and where Hardware in the Square today operates at 1911 Westminster Street was the original location of the Pastime. Go further up Westminster Street to the tall housing complex, and that is where the Conn’s Olympia used to be. Come back across the square to Grasso’s Gulf Service Station, and that is where the Royal used to be.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 15, 2005 at 2:59 pm

In 1901 singer/actor Nelson Eddy was born in this neighborhood of Olneyville.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on September 7, 2005 at 3:16 am

Other Olneyville Square theatres were the Edisonia/Pastime/Gem, the Royal, and the Olympia.

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