The Providence Performing Arts Center is the second largest theater in New England. It seats 3200 people and it originally opened as a Loew's movie theater in 1928. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places after its 1977 renovation. In this baroquely elegant space, the stage is set for Broadway musicals and concerts. Events as diverse as a Jackson Browne concert or The Sound of Music can be found on this venerable establishment's schedule. Located downtown on Weybosset Street, PPAC (pronounced Pea-Pac, as it is known locally) is close to many downtown hotels as well as other attractions.
AS220 is a non-profit venue that foments love for art in all its myriad forms. They have various resources open to the public, some are free, others require a nominal fee. Some of the workshops and classes include computer labs that teach programming languages, darkroom skills for DSLR Newbies and print shop techniques for traditional media purists. Additionally, inside this 22,000-square-foot building, visitors will find several galleries and a stage where local artists display their talents. There is always something new at AS220.
WaterFire is a magnificent array of more than 80 mini bonfires or braziers that illuminate the three rivers of Providence. It began in 1994 when artist Barnaby Evans used the confluence of the rivers to create this ephemeral water exhibition. However, it was not that fleeting because the city of Providence along with generous volunteers and donors continues to present the exhibition every weekend. The route runs from Waterplace Park to South Main Street and it winds nearly two-thirds of a mile through parks and public spaces in downtown Providence. Here, people can stroll along the riverbanks while listening to the sounds of classical music hum over loudspeakers. The fires are lit approximately 20 minutes after sunset each Saturday and usually burn for two to three hours.
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.
The Newport Yachting Center is located in one of the most beautiful and scenic waterfront sites in this part of America. Known for hosting a plethora of events and festivals like International Oktoberfest, Newport International Boat Show, Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival and many more such events, the center attracts thousands of people every year. The center also holds private events with a maximum capacity to host 20,000 people at one time. Set against the scenic backdrop of the widespread ocean, the Newport Yachting Center is a must visit attraction in Newport.
In 1984, seven members of Trinity Rep Conservatory established this theater to bring high culture to the area. However, in 2003, the stage outgrew its former space and moved to a larger one in Pawtucket. The name is an homage from local benefactor Alan Shawn Feinstein to his sister, Sandra Feinstein-Gamm. Today, the stage is housed inside the historic and grandiose Pawtucket Armory. The armory still stands larger-than-life just as it did when it was built in 1894 and is an attraction even from the outside. Inside, the 131-seat venue is very intimate and the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center allows visitors in even if they don't have a ticket to view a show.
A verdant oasis in the midst of the urban cacophony of downtown Providence, the Roger Williams National Memorial is an idyllic park epitomizing history and fine landscaping. Built by Roger Williams, this park pays a solemn homage to the man himself, and his ideas and initiatives. The memorial's location was once Providence Plantations, the first European settlement in Rhode Island, founded by Roger Williams as a safe haven for religious choice and freedom. The site was designated a national monument in 1965 and is nourished by the eastern banks of the Moshassuck River. Enlisted on the National Register of Historic Places, the park bears a tapestry of scenic droves, paved walkways, nationally-significant buildings, a spring, and an insightful visitors center.