Warwick, RI 02889

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The Drive-In was opened by 1956 and was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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MichaelKilgore on April 13, 2019 at 9:05 am

Hey there, original contributor Ken Roe! Thanks for filling a gap here, though it would also be helpful to cite your source for this new knowledge.

My reference books pull a blank on Warwick RI in the mid 1950s. Of course, the Warwick Drive-In in Warwick NY opened in 1950 and is still active. Could this be the 500-car Loew’s Drive-In listed for adjacent Providence?

Searching The News of Newport RI for those years turned up nothing for me, even though that paper’s Where To Go column listed other RI drive-ins. A Providence paper would have been more helpful, oh well.

Of course, none of this proves a negative. Could you please give us a hint?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 13, 2019 at 9:44 am

NeonMichael: The Drive-In in Warwick, RI is listed in the 1956 edition of Film Daily Yearbook in their list of drive-in’s (state by state). E.M. Loews Drive-In, Providence is also listed, so I presume they are two different theatres. The Drive-In, Warwick is not listed in the 1955 edition of Theatre Catalog and its not in the 1957 edition of FDY. I must have only lasted one season?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 13, 2019 at 9:52 am

Ooops, It is in the 1957 edition of FDY.

MichaelKilgore on April 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Thanks for the source. My Motion Picture Almanacs whiffed on Warwick. Hmm…

Could it be the Cranston Auto Drive-In, just north of the Warwick city limits? Historic Aerials has a very clear photo from 1955, and so far that’s the only candidate I’ve found.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 14, 2019 at 3:21 am

Both the Cranston Auto Drive-In and the Drive-In, Warwick are listed as seperate entries in 1956 & 1957.

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