Fay’s Theatre

60 Union Street

Known as the space wherein Jim Crow segregation infiltrated Providence, Fay’s Theatre was a racially segregated vaudeville house established in 1916 by the renowned vaudeville performer, violonist, and conductor Edward M. Fay. Built in 1912, it was formerly known as Union Theatre. Its height of operation was between the First and Second World Wars. Fay’s Theatre closed and was then razed during the early 1950s.

-written by Felicia Bevel



The Don Redman Revue Performs at Fay’s Theatre

Throughout much of April 1935, the Don Redman Revue played in a number of Providence locations, including Fay's Theatre. The Revue included the band, the soloist Mabel Scott, and dancers Ford Bowie and Dalley. -written by Felicia Bevel



Valaida Snow Sings at Fay’s Theatre

During its new weekly program of black entertainment in 1933, Fay's Theatre invited Valaida Snow and her orchestra to perform as its main attraction. Her talent was well recognized, given the large audiences that came to hear her sing during this week-long event and that, according to a 1933 issue of the Baltimore Afro-American, demanded encores every night. -written by Felicia Bevel

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