The Vets
One Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903

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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Preliminary Judging: Miss Rhode Island USA & Miss Rhode Island Teen USA
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Time: 6pm
Ticket Price - $40

Final Competition: Miss Rhode Island USA & Miss Rhode Island Teen USA
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - Time: 2pm
Ticket Price - $55

Special Reserved Seating
Golden Circle 2-day ticket: $125


TICKETS: We are unable to sell tickets via mail or over the phone.
Tickets will be on sale at the door prior to each show.
Please note that credit cards and checks are not accepted, CASH ONLY.

For Additional Information Call (401) 228-7019


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