The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) occupies an historic theatre space in downtown Providence’s arts and entertainment district, known locally as the “Jewel of Weybosset Street”. It opened as the Loew’s Movie Palace in 1928, an ornate theatre featuring a 28’ x 51’ movie screen, and a Robert Morton organ to accompany the original silent films. The following decades saw much history, with the theatre almost demolished in the 1970s. Major renovations in the 1990s brought the theatre back to its original splendor and onto the National Register of Historic Places, with the name officially changed to Providence Performing Arts Center.
Seating 3,100, PPAC is the second largest theatre of its kind in New England. Two subscription performance series comprise the core of PPAC’s calendar: the Broadway Series (featuring the most popular touring plays) and Contemporary Classics Series (a variety of performance events). Other attractions during PPAC’s main season include dance, comedy, music and film. The Center also manages numerous educational outreach endeavors including ARTS scholarships, summer Broadway camp, and an Arts Showcase reaching over 10,000 school children annually.
Providence PAC Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by a number of public bus routes)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Visitors are requested to notify the box office of any special seating needs at time of ticket purchase
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 150 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Varies widely ($30-130) depending on event and seating
- Subscriptions/Membership: Subscriptions available to PPAC’s Broadway Season and Contemporary Classics Series. Benefits include ticket discounts, reserved seating and more.