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    The Vets - Veterans Memorial Auditorium

    Avenue of the Arts
    Providence, RI 02903

    Phone: 401.421.2787   |   Fax: 401.222.1466   |   Email

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    The 1920's saw the rise of the grand Masonic complexes across the United States. As part of the movement, the Rhode Island Freemasons planned an ambitious complex designed by Osgood & Osgood, one of the eras noted architectural firms.

    Work began in 1927 but tough economic times halted construction in 1929 and the shell of a building lay dormant until the 1940's. Near the end of WWII, the community pushed to have the...

    The 1920's saw the rise of the grand Masonic complexes across the United States. As part of the movement, the Rhode Island Freemasons planned an ambitious complex designed by Osgood & Osgood, one of the eras noted architectural firms.

    Work began in 1927 but tough economic times halted construction in 1929 and the shell of a building lay dormant until the 1940's. Near the end of WWII, the community pushed to have the theater completed so the State of Rhode Island took over the project.

    On January 27, 1950, twenty three years after construction began, Rhode Islands first professional performing arts venue officially opened as Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Periodic renovations were undertaken over the following decades to keep the building in working order but nothing compared to what was to come in 2011.

    Thanks to $14.8M in funding from the state legislature, renovations began on The VETS for a much needed facelift. New features include; a glass enclosed meeting space and lounge area with bar, new restrooms, dressing rooms, new carpet, sound, lighting, HVAC, and custom painting throughout the theater and lobby.



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    Hours:

    Offices: Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


    Parking Information:

    Parking is available on the streets surrounding Vets on Park Street, Francis Street and Smith Street. After business hours and on weekends free parking is available in the State of Rhode Island parking lots on Smith Street as designated. Paid parking is available at the Providence Place Mall parking garage located directly behind Vets and at the Providence Amtrak Train Station located at Francis and Gaspee Streets.


    Accessibility Information:

    The Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The Vets )offers convenient facilities and features for persons with disabilities. Please call 401.222.1467 during business hours or see a Guest Service representative for assistance during events. Some services may require advance notice so please call ahead if possible.
     


     

    Technical Specifications:

    Looking for that perfect space to hold your next business meeting, family show or concert? With 1933 seats our main auditorium is both intimate and grand with our large proscenium stage ready to accommodate any size event.

    The VETS is located across from the majestic Rhode Island State House and connected to the Renaissance Hotel. With its superb acoustics and central location in Providence to parking, restaurants and hotels there is no other venue better suited to host a wide variety of events and performances.

    In addition to our main auditorium we have beautiful function space ranging from 500 square feet to over 2500.

    For more detailed information on available space and services, click on the links below or to tour our facility please give us a call.

    The VETS Administration Office: 401.222.1467 or email dvitale@pfmcorp.com

     

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