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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.
Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House is more than just a coffee shop; it is also a cultural event space and entertainment venue. Owned by local artist Anthony Demings, this coffee shop doubles up as a gallery for his work as well as other local artists. Live music, open mic nights, film screenings, and readings are held in association with Rhodywood, an independent film company owned by Demings. This multi-purpose space is a creative haven for art lovers and creatives and a great place to check out for visitors.
Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island contributes majorly to the thriving cultural scene of Providence. It offers newly renovated creative space to emerging artists and supports the interaction between artists and audiences in all cultural fields from visual art, literature, music, dance, theater, film and the humanities. It includes a 350-seater theater and multiple rooms that can be rented out by arts enthusiasts to fully engage their passion and talent for arts and culture.
The Comedy Connection is not only a spot for young, up-and-coming comics to hone their chops, it also is a hotbed of humor for established ones from across the Northeast. Some past performers have included the Wayans Brothers, Jim Breuer, Dave Attell, Lisa Lampinelli and many other wise guys and gals. The club is open sporadically depending on the show, but every Sunday night the club hosts a freestyle comedy showcase.
Karaoke, open-mic, and live music: what more could you ask for in a bar? Those events thankfully are not on the same night, but it doesn't really matter, because every night is a fun one at the Parlour. Alongside music that features all types of acts, visitors will find plenty of craft beers as well as domestic ones. Options like Guinness and Bass are here and they even have Yeungling Lager (from the oldest operating brewery in the U.S.) on tap. On the menu, sandwiches, entrees and pizza options all have names that praise Northeastern locals like Robert Parrish from the Celtics, baseball player Lou Merloni and former mayor Buddy Cianci.