RGB worked with the owner and contractor, Tavares, LLC, to restore the former Bomes Theatre in South Providence with assistance from the City of Providence. The neighborhood landmark was constructed in 1921, but after years of neglect it was structurally deficient and nearing the point of condemnation. It was listed by the Providence Preservation Society as a “Most Endangered Property.”
The interior had to be made completely anew because it had been vacant for so many years and had deteriorated significantly. A new, modern dinner theatre interior was installed to create a multi-use event center. In addition to the theatre, the first floor houses a street facing café and the office of an event planner. The second floor houses the theatre mezzanine, a secondary bar area, restrooms, and also the owner’s offices. The restored exterior, including work to the original details such as the terra cotta trim, and a reproduction 1940s era marquee, make this corner of Broad Street shine as it used to.
The owner worked in collaboration with the Providence Redevelopment Authority to obtain funding and support, while the design was also a collaboration between RGB Architects and Manette Rodriguez Architects of the Dominican Republic. Construction was completed in 2019 at a cost of $2.8 million, with 14,870 square feet completely renovated. By preserving the historic exterior and providing contemporary amenities in the interior, the formerly derelict space now serves as the perfect showcase for a variety of vibrant events.
The project was honored by the Providence Preservation Society with a preservation award in 2019.