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Providence Performing Arts Center

See local and international acts performing live music, Broadway shows, stand-up comedy, circus and more at this enormous 1920s movie theater.

The Providence Performing Arts Center is a world-class venue and the anchor of the city’s arts and entertainment precinct. Opened in 1928 as Loew’s Movie Palace, the venue has retained its breathtakingly ornate interior and heritage façade. Take your place in the 3,100-seat theater and watch touring Broadway shows, international comedians, music concerts and exciting plays. You might also catch a current release or a classic film on the theater’s huge movie screen.

As you approach the Providence Performing Arts Center, take a moment to study its magnificent 1920s façade. The prestigious Rapp and Rapp architecture firm designed the stunning movie palace and plenty of care has been taken to maintain the venue’s splendor. Walk into the center’s Grand Lobby and note the room’s original ornate grandeur. One of the ushers will guide you to your seat within the enormous main theater.

Admire the theater’s magnificent interior, which features shining gilded plasterwork and ornate designs, as well as immense columns of marble and sparkling chandeliers. Today, the Providence Performing Arts Center is the perfect place to see a touring Broadway show and it is renowned as a key venue on the national touring circuit. Local productions, dance performances and circus displays are also regularly shown on the theater stage. Check the film program to see classic movies and new releases in the grand venue.

After or before the show, be sure to stop by one of the bars and restaurants located in the surrounding arts precinct. The theater has a concession stand where drinks and snacks can be purchased before the show.

The Providence Performing Arts Center is located on the southeastern edge of historic downtown Providence. Check at the box office or online to find out what’s on during your stay in the city. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets and large parking lots are located nearby. You can also arrive by public bus to the stop outside the venue. The Providence Place Mall and the Customhouse Historic District are located within easy walking distance.


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Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown $93
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown

58 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Westminster Arcade and Providence Performing Arts Center. Brown University and Johnson and Wales University are also within 10 minutes. Providence Station is 8 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Providence
    Hotel Providence

    Hotel Providence

    139 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this hotel is steps from Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel and Providence Performing Arts Center. Rhode Island Convention Center and Johnson and Wales University are also within 5 minutes. Providence Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel $161
      Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel

      Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel

      5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS) and Providence Place Mall. Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin' Donuts Center are also within 15 minutes. Providence Station is 5 minutes by foot.

        Residence Inn Providence Downtown $127
        Residence Inn Providence Downtown

        Residence Inn Providence Downtown

        100 Sabin Street, Providence, RI
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown, this hotel is steps from Dunkin' Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center. Providence Performing Arts Center and Providence Place Mall are also within 10 minutes. Providence Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          Hilton Garden Inn Providence $129
          Hilton Garden Inn Providence

          Hilton Garden Inn Providence

          220 India St, Providence, RI
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Fox Point, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of India Point Park, East Providence Yacht Club, and Brown University. Kennedy Plaza is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

            Hilton Providence $93
            Hilton Providence

            Hilton Providence

            21 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunkin' Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center. Johnson and Wales University and Providence Performing Arts Center are also within 10 minutes. Providence Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              Omni Providence Hotel
              Omni Providence Hotel

              Omni Providence Hotel

              1 W Exchange St, Providence, RI
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence Place Mall, and Dunkin' Donuts Center. Trinity Repertory Company and Waterplace Park are also within 10 minutes. Providence Station is 8 minutes by foot.

                Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown $127
                Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown

                Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown

                5 Exchange Street, Providence, RI
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bank of America Tower, Providence Place Mall, and Rhode Island Convention Center. Dunkin' Donuts Center and Providence Performing Arts Center are also within 10 minutes. Providence Station is only a 4-minute walk.