Town Hall

Taunton Avenue,
East Providence, RI 02914

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Architects: William Howard Walker, William Russell Walker

Firms: William Russell Walker & Son

Styles: Romanesque Revival

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Town Hall

The auditorium of the old town hall of East Providence, RI was used as a movie theatre by 1922. Long before the building of the Hollywood Theatre almost directly across Taunton Avenue in 1930.

The building no longer exists having been destroyed by fire in 1976. The current town hall is a replacement. Reference to the theatre exists in area newspaper ads, and the neighborhood theatre was part of Paramount’s Celebrate Paramount week of September 1923.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 15, 2011 at 7:36 am

In September 1926, this theatre was part of the eleven-theatre Celebrate Paramount Week.
Newspaper ad.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

This photo shows the old town hall of East Providenceand includes historical thumbnail sketch. The building contained a movie theatre “for many years” known as the Town Hall.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

Open in 1935?

Need an address, more info and more photos are always welcome.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2011 at 4:40 am

East Providence’s Town Hall was a Romanesque Revival style building designed by William R. Walker & Son, the firm that designed the Toy (Avon) and Majestic theaters in Providence proper.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 17, 2011 at 6:06 am

This theatre was part of the September 1923 6th Paramount Week. In this advertisement from the (Providence) Evening Tribune, September 1, 1923, we see a fascinating list of Rhode Island area theatres, many long-gone and long-forgoten, or even unheard of, as well as what they were showing during that week. Seven movies were shown at at Town Hall during that week. CLICK HERE and move image to see all theatres.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

Religious film draws a crowd in 1922.

From Providence News, March 20, 1922:

[i]“The Eternal Light”

Audiences totalling about 1500 persons attended the two exhibitions of the religious motion picture, “The Eternal Light,” at the Town Hall yesterday afternoon and last evening under the auspices of St. Francis Xavier Church.[/i]

Note: The Eternal Light was a 1919 film produced by the Catholic Art Association.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2023 at 2:05 am

The architectural firm of William R. Walker & Son was formed in 1881. William Russell Walker remained the head of the firm until his death in 1905, and was probably the lead architect on the 1888-89 Town Hall project.

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