- The Lederer theater, home of the Trinity Repertory Company, is housed in the Majestic theater building. The Majestic was built in 1917 as a Vaudeville house amongst nearly a dozen similar theaters in Providence that were filled to capacity. After World War I, musical revues became the popular entertainment and kept the Majestic in business through the mid 1920s.
The owners chose not to renew the lease once motion pictures became popular. It was then that the Majestic became a movie palace and screened movies from the silent film era up until the 1970's. Movie goers slowly left the old downtown theaters for the new multi screen theaters build in the suburban strip malls. This left the downtown theaters to fall into disrepair or to close from lack of business.
The Majestic was soon gutted and split into two separate theaters by the Trinity Square Repertory Company while preserving the original Italian style facade and ornamentation. In 1972 The Majestic was added to the National Register of Historic Places and today the theater offers live performances and supports educational institutions for the performing arts. This Tony Award winning theater is the place to go for finding new talent and dramatic storytelling.
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