Cable Car Cinema & Cafe

204 S. Main Street,
Providence, RI 02903

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Cable Car Cinema

Operating since October 30, 1976, known as a very comfortable place to see arthouse fare, the Cable Car Cinema has couches and other comfy chairs to sit in. Before shows begin, the theater usually has performers (such as singers) on stage to entertain the audience. The Cable Car Cinema & Cafe was closed on May 27, 2018. They have moved their events into the Columbus Theatre. In September 2019 it was announced that it would reopen as the Acoustic Cafe and Microcinema.

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stranddan on October 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

Moved from RI to CT ten years ago, so have not seen the Cable Car since then. I did patronize it often through the years, even though I believed those couches just might be unsanitary! Almost invariably, the film was interrupted by some sort of projection difficulty. But it was a fun place, even lunching outside.

kzirkel on April 23, 2014 at 7:45 am

Here’s a nice history of the Cable Car Cinema. Originally the building was a truck garage of a moving company. The name comes from “a classic cable car that was left behind”. The cafe was added around 1989.

Chris1982 on November 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Opened on October 30, 1976.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 27, 2018 at 1:56 am

After 41 years of operation, the Cable Car Cinema is now set to close for good on May 27, 2018.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 8, 2018 at 7:21 am

My first visit to the Cable Car Cinema was on February 2, 1977, about three months after it had opened. I noted to myself: “A cold Groundhog’s Day. Tonight I saw "Le Secret” at a very cold Cable Car Cinema, the one with the couches, on South Main Street.“ (I remember that French film as being very good.)

davidcoppock on June 8, 2018 at 7:42 am

Is the cinema and cafe in a cable car?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 7, 2019 at 11:03 am

The Cable Car Cinema has been closed for nine months!

davidcoppock on April 13, 2019 at 10:12 am

Opened with “Homecoming”. Closed with “RBG”.

DavidZornig on April 13, 2019 at 10:32 am

Their website is still up, and it appears they’ve moved their events to the Columbus Theater.

mp775 on September 17, 2019 at 10:46 am

Reopening soon as Acoustic Cafe and Microcinema –

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