Mayfair Theatre

334 Broad Street,
Cumberland, RI 02864

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Previously operated by: Shea Theatres

Architects: John F. O'Malley

Previous Names: Shea's Theatre, Valley Falls Theatre, Strand Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Roosevelt Theatre, Lincoln Theatre

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1938 ad

Originally opened as Shea’s Theatre on November 15, 1915, it later became the Valley Falls Theatre, followed by the Strand Theatre, then Capitol 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.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Shea’s Theatre became the Strand on January 1, 1919, according to the above article.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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.

Matinee77idol on August 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm

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.

M_R_G on September 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm

From the FILM Exchange badge: “Balcony for colored?” Even in Rhode Island…sigh…

stuffiex on July 21, 2017 at 8:18 am

Just uploaded an ad that shows the Roosevelt name in use in September 1938.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 11, 2022 at 3:25 am

Shea’s Theatre first opened on Monday, November 15, 1915.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 30, 2023 at 2:09 pm

No theaters were listed at either Cumberland or Valley Falls in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, but the 1926 FDY lists a 500-seat Strand at Valley Falls.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 11, 2023 at 7:25 am

Previous names were also Valley Falls Theatre,, Capitol Theatre according to news pieces between 1915 and 1931.

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