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by Josh Wood Tuesday September 29, 2009

Park Cinema Progresses. Or, lining up for a screening of Cars.

The first sign of a pulse at the Park Cinema came in August with the opening of the Park Café and the 848 Club along the facade of the renovated structure. The Park Avenue landmark, built in 1924 by theater mogul Abraham A. Spitz, is emerging from a 5-year, and at times controversial, renovation process.

Park Cinema Under ConstructionThe completion of the project will provide the Auburn, Eden Park and Stadium neighborhoods with a theater within walking distance. It’s unclear what kind of effect the theater will have on Rolfe Square, but it can’t be anything but positive.

Park Cafe counterWith the café only a coffee break away from city hall and the school administration building, the potential is there for success.

The theater’s completion will be punctuated by the topping of the bulb-studded “Park” sign that was dismantled during construction.

Park Cafe sign

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  1. Josh:

    I’m very happy to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for the rebirth of the Park Cinema. Those of us who have been around Cranston long enough remember midnight “Rocky Horror Picture Show” performances in the waning months of its last iteration (this was after the Meadowbrook Cinema in Warwick had closed to make way for a CVS and Stop&Shop plaza).

    The “old” Park closed in early 1999.
    It’s been a long 10 years.

    — Jesse from Cranston · Oct 5, 06:00 PM · #


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