Providence Performing Arts Center

The Providence Performing Arts Center, or PPAC, opened as a Loew’s Movie Palace in 1928. The building that it occupies was designed by George and C.W. Rapp of Chicago and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As is true of so many historic theaters across the United States, the Providence Performing Arts Center was almost torn down after experiencing a period of decline. Thankfully, the decision to raze the building was abandoned. Instead, the theater was restored to its original opulence. It now anchors the Providence arts and entertainment district, playing host to local performers, films, touring Broadway plays, big ticket concerts, and more.

Providence Performing Arts Center Parking

The Providence Performing Arts Center can be found at 220 Weybosset Street in Downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Parking in the area is rather abundant and includes metered street parking. PPAC patrons who can’t find a metered spot on the surrounding streets can turn to the pay parking lots and parking garages that are found in the area. At least sixteen of these lots and garages are just a few blocks or less from the theater. For those who are simply looking to be dropped off at PPAC, there is a convenient curbside drop-off point located directly in front of the theater. Of course, there is always the option of staying at one of the Downtown Providence hotels and walking to the theater. Examples of hotels that are within walking distance of the Providence Performing Arts Center include the Hotel Providence at 139 Mathewson St., the Providence Biltmore at 11 Dorrance St., and the Providence Hampton Inn at 58 Weybosset St.

Providence Performing Arts Center Seating Chart

Providence Performing Arts Center Seating Chart
Providence Performing Arts Center Seating Chart

The Providence Performing Arts Center has more than 3,000 seats. These seats include the ground-floor Orchestra Level seats and the seats that are found in the upper Balcony. As you might expect, the most expensive seats at theaters are typically those that are found closest to the stage. In this case, that would be the seats that are found in one of two sections: Orchestra 3 and Orchestra 4. Accessible seating areas are found on both the Orchestra Level and in the Balcony. As a side note, special dinner and show packages are often available for the Providence Performing Arts Center. These packages can include such things as orchestra seating, dinner at a local restaurant, and transportation to and from the theater. PPAC Patrons who secure a special package deal for their performance of choice might even be treated to post-show refreshments in the Lobby Lounge. Also worth noting is the PPAC President’s Club. Members of this club enjoy access to the best VIP seats, as well as any other number of special privileges.

Providence Performing Arts Center Schedule

Providence Performing Arts Center Schedule
Providence Performing Arts Center Schedule

Anyone who is trying to plan a Rhode Island vacation is encouraged to keep the Providence Performing Arts Center schedule in mind. Since the theater is a multi-use venue that plays host to different kinds of performances, it is able to cater to a wide variety of ages and interests. Certain shows, it should be noted, are offered on more than one day or night. Others are one-time affairs, in which case there isn’t as much flexibility when it comes to purchasing tickets. Either way, it is best to consult the PPAC schedule and to purchase event tickets as far in advance as possible. Wait until the last minute, and chances are good that all the seats will already be filled.

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