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Providence has a rich and varied performing arts and film scene. The Avon Rep Cinema at 260 Thayer St (t 401/421-3315) shows independent and art films, as does the love-seat-filled Cable Car Cinema at 204 S Main St (t 401/272-3970). In Downcity, Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St (t 401/351-4242, w http://www.trinityrep.com) is one of America’s foremost regional theatres, while the Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St (t 401/421-2787, w http://www.ppacri.org), hosts musicals in a grand old Art Deco movie house. On Gallery Night (March–Nov, third Thurs of the month, 5–9pm; t 401/490-2042, w http://www.gallerynight.info), free Art Buses leave from the Regency Plaza (diagonally opposite the rear of the library) and stop along many of the city’s galleries and museums, where admission is also free for the evening.

In the warmer months, the unusual event known as WaterFire (several times a month, May–Oct; w http://www.waterfire.org) sees nearly one hundred small bonfires set at sunset in the centre of the Providence River starting at Waterplace Park, tended by gondoliers and accompanied by rousing music. Complete entertainment listings can be found in the free weekly Providence Phoenix and the Providence Journal’s Thursday edition.

The city’s nightlife bustles around Empire and Washington streets, south of Kennedy Plaza in Downcity, and along Thayer Street near Brown University during term-time.

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