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Revival! An Evening of Local Music and Food Featuring The Low Anthem, Brown Bird, and Much More
The Columbus Theatre
Providence, RI
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Revival! An Evening of Local Music and Food Featuring The Low Anthem, Brown Bird, and Much More
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Theatre Opens For First Time Since 2009, Marks New Era for the Historic Building

The Low Anthem to Headline; First Show in Providence since March 2011

Half of Profits to Benefit ATRAVES, a Providence-Based Nonprofit Working for Education, Health, and Development in Nicaragua


The Columbus Cooperative, a volunteer-run organization dedicated to working in tandem with the Theatre's owner, Jon Berberian, to produce and present high-quality programming and restore the Theatre to cultural prominence in the community, is pleased to present Revival!, an all-ages celebration of the reopening of Providence's historic Columbus Theatre.

On Saturday, November 17, the Theatre, located at 270 Broadway, will host an exciting lineup of local bands, food trucks by Julians and Nice Slice, and beer from Revival Brewing Company. Programming will take place on both the Columbus Main Stage and at Columbus Upstairs, the intimate, 199-seat room located in the Theatre's balcony.

The Low Anthem, for whom the Columbus has been home base for both practice and recording since November 2011, will headline the evening on the Main Stage. This marks the band's first show in Providence in more than a year. Low Anthem member Jeff Prystowsky says, "The Columbus Theatre isn't just a venue; it's a musician's dream. Its architecture, design, and acoustics all point towards one source: the music. Its reopening on November 17th is a revival, not just for itself, but for anyone who loves music in Providence."

Jon Berberian, owner and operator of the Columbus Theatre since 1962, says, "I am very excited to be able to open the Columbus Theatre once again. The community has been very supportive and patient during our efforts to restore and update the building, and I look forward to this chance to give back to those who have been waiting a long time for our doors to open."

Saturday, November 17
Doors at 6:00PM. Music begins at 7:00PM.

Columbus Main Stage lineup:
The Low Anthem
Brown Bird
JUST ANNOUNCED! The Barr Brothers
The Sugar Honey Iced Tea

Columbus Upstairs lineup:
Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes
Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores
Vudu Sister

The event is all ages.

Food trucks by Julians and Nice Slice will be parked outside the Theatre entrance on Broadway throughout the evening.

Fifty percent of profits from Revival! will be donated to ATRAVES (pronounced "ah-trah-VASE"), an organization dedicated improving quality of life in Barrio Camilo Ortega, an impoverished neighborhood in Managua, Nicaragua. Proceeds from the event will support an elementary school that serves 250 children who have no other access to education, as well as health and development programs. ATRAVES organizes volunteer trips for youth, students, and professionals from Rhode Island and nationally, and welcomes inquiries from individuals and groups.

Revival! marks the first evening of programming by the Columbus Cooperative, who will work in the coming months to build an in-house programming presence at the Theatre. Beginning in 2013, the Columbus Theatre will also be available for rental by community groups and for private functions. For more information on rental and booking, interested parties may email

This event is generously sponsored by Revival Brewing Company, Supply & Demand Music, Mirror Image, Julians, and Nice Slice.


The Columbus Theatre was designed by architect Oreste DiSaia and built by realtor Domenic Annotti in 1926. The Theatre originally featured vaudeville and silent films before being leased by RKO Albee Theater, who renamed the building the Uptown Theater and operated it as one of Providence's premier cinemas for the next 25 years. With the advent of television the Theatre fell on hard times, but builder Misak Berberian, whose love of architecture drew him to the Theatre, purchased it in the summer of 1962. He revived the Theater's original name and installed his son Jon at the helm. After extensive repairs, the Berberians reopened the Theatre on November 1, 1962  the 36th anniversary of the building's original opening.

After more than four decades of operationwhich included music, film, and theatre presentations, as well as serving community groups from throughout Rhode Island with a beautiful venue for their programsthe Theatre was forced to close again in 2009 because of fire code updates. Since that time, Jon Berberian has worked tirelessly to meet those requirements for the Theatre, which will reopen its doors this fall and once again become a beautiful and valued asset to the community.

More information will be made available in the coming weeks at

Formed in summer 2012, the Columbus Cooperative comprises members of the music, design, nonprofit, and hospitality industries. Working on a volunteer basis alongside the Theatre's ownership, the Cooperative works to reinvigorate both the Theatre and the West End community by programming a range of unique live events in an unequaled space. Founding members of the Cooperative are Tara Bouley, Lauren Faria, Ben Knox Miller, Bryan Minto, Jeff Prystowsky, and Tom Weyman. For more information, email

ATRAVES is comprised of ATRAVES U.S., a U.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization located in Providence, RI, and ATRAVES Nicaragua, a Nicaraguan organization with equivalent status located in Managua. ATRAVES was founded in 2004 Brady Dunklee, a 2003 graduate of Brown University who is now Executive Director of ATRAVES U.S, in partnership with Nicaraguan educators. The organization works primarily in Barrio Camilo Ortega, an extremely poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Managua settled by demobilized combatants from the Contra War and people coming to the capital in search of a better life. ATRAVES has been based in this community since its founding, where it works to create education for all, a healthy life, and new opportunities. Specifically, the organization has worked to:

-Found and support the operations of a pre-K through 6th grade school for 250 children with no other access to education
-Build and operate a small clinic serving 1,000 patients a year
-Train local women as community health workers (promotoras) to provide home visits that help dozens of chronic patients and deliver preventative health education
-Offer job skills and empowerment training to adult community members
-Support a group of artisans working to improve their economic conditions and access to fair trade markets
-Provide eye-opening service learning experiences to several hundred international volunteers, including two delegations for students from The Met School (Providence and Sacramento)

For more information, visit



The Columbus Theatre (View)
270 Broadway
Providence, RI 02903
United States

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Music > All Ages
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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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