Star Theatre

126 N. Main Street,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

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The Star Theatre was created in 1908 from a building that was once a Masonic Temple dating back to at least 1895. After 1908 it was first used as a moving picture house and was the first theatre in the vicinity to show the Pathe production of the “Passion Play”. It was purchased in 1910 by Walter B. Davis and Julia M. Reid. There was a varied history of motion pictures, vaudeville, and stock productions afterwards.

In 1929, the theatre had been closed a while and was sold by the owner Mr. Davis, according to an article on the theatre that appeared in the Providence Journal in January of 1929.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2005 at 6:22 am

All the city directories I’ve consulted list the address as 116 North Main Street. North Main Street in Pawtucket later became known as Roosevelt Avenue.

mp775 on May 5, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Unless the house numbers were radically altered, this theater also no longer exists. 116 or 126 Roosevelt Avenue would be the parking lot for City Hall.

mp775 on May 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Here’s an interesting study of what was playing at the Star in 1912-13 and who was coming to see it on pages 95-96 of Americanizing the Movies and Movie-Mad Audiences, 1910-1914 by Richard Abel (University of California Press, 2006). Other references to Pawtucket theaters appear throughout the book.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Sale of Star Theatre in 1929. From Providence News, September 1, 1929:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Announcements of what’s playing at Pawtucket and Central Falls movie theatres in November, 1921:

mp775 on July 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm

Confirmed on an 1895 atlas – the Masonic Hall was located just north of Leather Avenue on the west side of the street and is now part of the City Hall parking lot. It may have survived until urban renewal in 1968.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 2, 2021 at 12:38 pm

An image of the interior of the Star Theatre can be found in the August 31, 1910 issue of The Pawtucket Times, including an article, all on page 9. The image is posted in the photos section here. It appears the theatre had been refurbished and re-opened under new management at that time.

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