The Stadium Theatre
In the 1950's, Woonsocket residents had a choice of six movie theaters. On Cumberland Street was the Laurier Theater. On North Main Street was the Park Theater (formerly the Woonsocket Opera House). On Main Street was the Bijou, the Rialto (formerly Lynch's Theater), the Olympia and the Stadium. Today, only the Stadium Theatre remains.
Built by Arthur Darman, a local industrialist with a love for the vaudeville theater, the Stadium Theatre is one of New England's finest 1920's era movie houses. Located just off Monument Square on Main Street, visitors pass through a small shopping arcade and enter an elegantly designed lobby with arched and vaulted ceilings, an ornamental fireplace and recessed fountains. The Adam style theater seats over a thousand and still includes its original concert organ. Standing next to the theater is the Stadium Office Building, also built by Darman as part of the original theater-store-office complex.
Thanks to the work of the Stadium Theatre Foundation, the theater has been beautifully restored by the John Canning Painting and Conservation Studios and is back in operation with numerous productions planned throughout the year.
The Stadium Theatre is located at:
329 Main Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
For additional information and a schedule of events, call (401)762-4545 or visit the Stadium Theatre Home Page
This page utilizes information from :
For Woonsocket residents, these references are available at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library.
- Statewide Historic Preservation Report for Woonsocket, Rhode Island published by the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Commission in September, 1976.
- Woonsocket, Rhode Island - A Centennial History 1888 - 1988 published by the Woonsocket Centennial Committee in 1988.
- Images of America - Woonsocket written by Robert R. Bellerose and published by Arcadia Publishing, Dover, NH, 1997.
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