Erected in 1926, The Columbus Theatre original held vaudeville acts and showed silent movies. In the the 1930s it was bought by RKO Albee Theater who renamed it the Uptown Theater. It did well for a number of years but by the early 1960 had been abandoned and was decaying. In 1962, Misak Berberian bought and renovated it to its original glory and gave it back its original name, The Columbus Theatre. The theatre did very well for the next four decades and became famous throughout Rhode Island as one of the best venues in the state.
It operated this time until 2009 when it was once again forced to close its doors due to recent fire codes. For the next three years, Jon Berberian, son of Misak Berberian, did a huge amount of reparations to meet these codes. He finally finished and reopened the theatre on November 17, 2012. It has remained open and a much prized and respected venue since that time. It has everything to make visitors comfortable. It even has its own restaurant, a dance hall, and more rooms for scheduled events and gatherings than you can shake a stick at!
Come with your family and join the endless festivities. When you’re at the theatre, you’ll always feel right at home. And don’t worry about parking; there is always plenty of parking available.