From old movie cinemas to historic performance spaces, Rhode Island has a diverse array of theaters that are simply out of this world. Great plays, films, concerts, and much more are almost too easy to come by in the smallest state. Here are 9 theaters in Rhode Island that make for an unforgettable experience.
1. Columbus Theatre, Providence
The Columbus is a beautiful building constructed in 1926. While the theater has had various owners and a lot of change over its decades of operation, it has been going strong since its reopening in 2012. The space has seen amazing shows on both the main stage, and the smaller theater located on the second floor. If you haven't visited this place to see a performance yet, definitely make sure you do soon.
2. Avon Cinema, Providence
This independent movie theater has been in operation since the 1930s and is definitely worth the visit. If you're looking to catch amazing independent films, you'll definitely want to check out this historic cinema.
3. Trinity Repertory Company, Providence
Home to one of the last remaining acting companies in the nation, Trinity Rep is now celebrating its 52nd season. Many Rhode Islanders hold this place close to their hearts for the annual performance of a Christmas Carol.
4. Park Theatre, Cranston
This former vaudeville house constructed in 1924 in Cranston now hosts wonderful performances year-round.
5. Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence
Formerly a 1920s movie palace, this multi-purpose and massive theater is a picturesque Providence performance space. Enjoy everything from great plays to large concerts year-round at PPAC.
6. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence
The Veterans Auditorium is a magnificent place to enjoy an orchestral performance, concert, and other magnificent performances. Though construction began in the 1920s, the Great Depression delayed completion until the 1950s. Trust us, it was worth the wait.
7. Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, Newport
Few performance spaces in Rhode Island have as extensive a history as the Jane Pickens theater in Newport. This Greek Revival building was constructed in the mid 1800s and is more than worth the visit!
8. Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre, Woonsocket
This historic theater located in Woonsocket is a wonderful place to see local productions.
9. Ocean State Theatre Company, Warwick
This performing arts center in Warwick might be new to the scene, but it's already developing a great reputation in the state! They focus on local musical theater and educational opportunities for children interested in the arts.