PAWTUCKET â€” In an unfortunate sign of the times and the thieving of anything that can be sold for scrap, a metal plaque commemorating the history and site of the former Leroy Theater has been stolen off of a stone monument at the corner of Exchange Street and Broad Street.
A teacher at one of the city's schools who typically incorporates the sign into a historical â€śscavenger huntâ€ť for his students told the Times that he noticed that the sign was missing when he jogged by the location on Monday afternoon. The Pawtucket Police and Department of Public Works had not received any previous reports about a missing sign.
The person most disappointed to hear the news was Anthony Walsh, a city resident and cable talk show host who paid to have the plaque made and the monument erected. Walsh had spearheaded an effort back in the 1990s to save the historic theater and movie house from demolition. He formed the Concerned Citizens Committee and led a grassroots effort to try and raise funds and focus public attention on saving the theater from being sold to a developer.
Read more in Wednesday's print edition.