10 Keyes Ways
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: (401) 826-1800
Fax: (401) 826-4170
If you find yourself heading south from Providence, you might just chance upon the little-known neighboring city of Warwick. And the local Showcase Cinemas venue at Quaker Lane is where folks gather to watch their favorite flicks. With 15 screens, there is plenty to choose from. Grab a snack from the stand and get ready for the latest thriller or romance! Advance bookings are advisable. Check the website for more details.
About 40 minutes outside of Providence, in the small community of Coventry, lies the Greene Homestead. Built in 1770 by the Revolutionary War hero himself, the place is surrounded by lovely gardens and overlooks the Pawtuxet River. The building has been converted into a museum; inside is a comprehensive history of the man and his exploits. War buffs of all kinds will marvel at the on-site cannon, and souvenirs can be had at the museum gift shop.
The Warwick Museum of Art is also a cultural center and was established in 1976. Set in the old Kentish Artillery Armory which was built in 1912, it hosts exhibitions by renowned regional and national contemporary artists in every six to eight weeks. The beautiful red-brick walls, wooden flooring, industrial lights and performance stage lends a distinct character to the multifaceted space. It also holds concerts, poetry readings, comedy shows and theater as well as art classes in its premises.
Twelve screens are open to viewers at this megaplex, located around 9 miles outside of Providence, at the north end of Warwick, close to the Cranston border. Part of the National Amusements group, and having replaced the old three-screen movie hall that once occupied the space, it enjoys popularity among Hollywood fans. Check the website for movie timings and ticket rates and make sure you book much in advance, so as to get the best seats. Then, all you have to do is grab a snack of your choice and relax before the big screen!
A festival held each year, throughout May and June; the Gaspee Days Celebration commemorates the
Annual Greek Festival is fun for the whole family offering Greek food, music, dancing, games, vendors and more. Held in September.
Built in 1924, the Park Theatre was a cultural landmark for the Cranston's residents, until it closed its doors in 2002. In 2009, seven years later, the city celebrated the grand re-opening of the renovated facility. Today the historic theater is a modern multi-purpose performing arts center which offers to the public a wide range of entertainment from concerts, opera, dance recitals and theatrical performances to movies, sports, presentations and more.
Fête is a hip and modern venue located in the primarily Latino neighborhood of Olneyville. And as with most spots in this historic area, it certainly has a lot to offer residents as well as visitors with its eclectic events every night. Inside, the owners present a wide range of different acts, from comedy and live music to awards shows and acoustic-only nights, there is something for everyone. Additionally, Fête has over 14,000 square feet of space and it rents this space for special events.
Housed in the The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, the Met School's Black Box Theatre is an event venue. Apart from student rehearsals and educational events, this theater hosts different cultural and community events on a regular basis. For more details, call ahead.
Expect a host of creative activities behind the nondescript walls of the storefront and office space situated on 186 Carpenter Street. This flexible event space has a number of concerts by local as well as touring artists, and contemporary and visual art exhibits lined up throughout the year. Formerly a deli, its transformation into an events space has added a unique dimension to the cultural life of Providence.
Providence has plenty to boast about, from big-city nightclubs and old-school party halls to retro cinemas and unique event venues. The Columbus Theater fits right into this list. Its large main auditorium holds 800 comfortably. It has 650 orchestra seats and 150 seats on the mezzanine level, respectively. Every seat has a great view of the stage so you won't miss a single detail and the acoustics are quite impressive. The second venue called the Cinematheque is more intimate with 200 seats.
Providence Phoenix readers have voted Snookers Pool Lounge the Best Pool Hall in Rhode Island for three straight years. This versatile spot on the edge of downtown in Providence's Jewelry District, features 16 pool tables, the Skyline Patio Bar and also serves food and drink into the late hours. Snookers is home to The Green Room, where rockabilly, pop, alternative and garage music from Rhode Island, Boston and New York is performed in an intimate environment with no cover charge. Pool table rates start at $6.50 per hour, $20 to enter tournaments on Mondays and Wednesdays. Food served includes pizza, burgers and grinders.