The Vets Providence was formerly known as VMA Arts & Cultural Center. The venue is also known as Veterans Memorial Auditorium and holds a unique place in the cultural life of Rhode Island as a performance venue for legendary artists, local performers and community traditions. The theater celebrates flawless acoustics, a breathtaking proscenium stage and exquisite interior with a one-of-a-kind ceiling featuring the shields of Rhode Island’s original 39 communities.
The VETS is also home to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival Ballet Providence, the Providence Singers and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Over the years scores of legendary performers have illuminated The VETS grand stage, including such classical and contemporary greats as Renee Fleming, Bryan Adams, Chris Cornell and Paul Anka.
The VETS is located on the revitalized Avenue of the Arts. With just over 1,900 seats, The VETS is acclaimed for its unique combination of size and intimacy, enjoyed by both audience and performer. On the National Register of Historic Places, The VETS is celebrated for its proscenium stage and exquisite interior.
The VETS is managed by Professional Facilities Management, which also manages the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). Under the guidance of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority and PPAC/PFM team, The VETS completed major capital improvements to add more patron conveniences and improve the overall theater experience for its guests.