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Providence Performing Arts Center

220 Weybosset Street

Providence, RI 02903

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The Theatre is conveniently located in historic Providence and within walking distance of the Dunkin Donuts Convention Center and the Providence Place Mall. 


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Providence Performing Arts center does offer visitors the opportunity for curbside drop off right in front of the entrance to the theatre.  There is also metered parking available in the immediate vicinity.

Several parking garages and spaces are also available.  Here are a few locations nearby:

233 Weybosset Street

165 Washington Street

1 Fulton Street

64 Snow Street

63 Snow Street

1 Sabin Street

114 Snow Street


Providence Perdorming Arts Center History and Interesting Facts

Designed by two architects from Chicago, the Providence Performing Arts Center opened on October 6, 1928.  The property first opened under the name Loew’s Movie Palace.  The Loew’s intention was to sell tickets to theatres, and this drove the amazingly opulent design and initial cost of $2.5 Million for construction.  On opening day more than 14,000 people attended to see a man play the organ and a performance of “Excess Baggage”. 

The role of TV and a declining economic activity couple with hurricane damage created a rough patch of years around mid-century for the Providence Performing Arts Center.  The City of Providence almost had to demolish and tear down the theatre in the 1970’s, but now the property is part of the National Register of Historic Places.  The year 1995 kicked off a major restoration of the theatre to its original beauty.  Throughout 1999 and 2000 specialists and everyone involved were able to restore the exact original ornate beauty and details of the theatre that make it so wonderful to this day. 

Today the Providence Performing Arts Center is open year round and a destination for many of the nation’s leading performances such as The Lion King.  The Encore Series and Broadway Series both contribute the bulk of the performances at the theatre.  There are opportunities for community outreach programs and group events consistently at the PPAC.  The theatre also accepts donations and makes available a President’s Club which provides an exclusive experience for those that would like to join. 

PPAC is also very active in the local and regional communities with its scholarship programs.  Each year 30 students from Rhode Island can earn a scholarship for summer arts training and education.


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