Providence Performing Arts Center

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220 Weybosset St

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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The Providence Perfuming Arts Center is a popular venue that not only earns praise for its events but also for its history. Originally the Loew's Movie Palace, it opened in 1928 and was later dubbed the "Jewel of Weybosset Street." True to movie houses of that era, it was designed by George and C.W. Rapp of Chicago, renowned theater architects who used elements like intricate plasterwork, columns of imported marble and impressive crystal chandeliers to create a palatial interior. Though it's been through several phases of modernization, its interiors are just as breathtaking as they were in 1928, according to recent visitors.

Travelers say the best way to experience this historic venue is by attending one of PPAC's shows, concerts or events. You'll also want to explore the surrounding neighborhood; according to reviewers it's home to several top-notch eateries.

The Providence Performing Arts Center is located on Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. Tickets vary by event; visit the PPAC website for more details.

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Recent visitors were most impressed with the range of the museum's collection and the various mediums represented. Reviewers also praised its size, saying it was manageable and easy to explore within a few hours (though culture hounds will likely want to spend half a day, say travelers). Though most found the admission price to be reasonable, they also suggested scheduling your museum visit for Sunday when entrance fees are waived.

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