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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 theater completed so the State of Rhode Island took over the project.
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