East Providence Cinemas

60 Newport Avenue,
East Providence, RI 02916

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Previously operated by: Cinema Holdings, Empire Cineplex Cinemas, Patriot Cinemas

Previous Names: Four Seasons Cinemas, Entertainment Cinemas, Patriot Cinemas 10, East Providence 10

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East Providence Cinema front entrance

Opened in the 1960’s as the Four Seasons Cinemas with just two screens, showing first run attractions either exclusively in the greater Providence area or else day/dating with other area theatres. They had 70mm projection capability. From time to time they played first run art house fare. Additional screening rooms were added over the years until a major overhaul a few years ago made it into a 10-screen multiplex.

A great place to see recent films at low prices in a fairly luxurious ambience after their first run engagements. This East Providence (Rumford) theatre is near the Pawtucket city line and was the city’s only active movie theatre. Operated by Patriot Cinemas as a discount second run multiplex, it was next operated by the Cinema Holdings Group. In 2013 it was operated by Empire Cineplex Cinemas and closed on January 18, 2020. It was demolished in December 2020.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

James Fisher
James Fisher on July 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

Well my frined another theatre i relate to the four seasons i do rememebr larry as a manager along with Mr Joe Jarvis whom later in the eairly 80’s left to open jane picken in newport,, this was a nice looking theatre with the shandaler hanging in the bay window i might even have some picture of this place in the late 70’s/ eairly 80’s first run house i used to compete against for the union to get better picture faster

rkq
rkq on December 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

On a recent drive passing by I noticed after years, they fixed up the onstreet signage and bought new letters so they could complete the movie titles now. I was surprized because they are second run, they have 10 screens and the use of film is just about over with. Wondering what is in the plans with digital conversion. There’s no way they could convert 10 screens charging $2 a ticket.

mattgorman
mattgorman on January 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Theater as of 1/17/2016, tickets are 3 dollars, 2 dollars Tuesdays and Thursdays, has digital projection and sound.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm

The Four Seasons Cinemas were a fourplex being operated by Esquire Theaters of America in 1970, when the January 26 issue of Boxoffice reported that cinemas 5 and 6 were then under construction, slated for a March 5 opening date.

Esquire had two other projects underway; a second screen for the Paris Cinema in Providence, and a two-screen house for Boston, which ended up being the single screen Garden Theatre. The architect for the Garden was Burt W. Federman, and it seems likely that Esquire would have chosen the same architect for its other projects. Federman designed or remodeled theaters totaling over 1,000 screens between 1966 and 1983, according to a 1983 article in The New York Times.

DocWatson
DocWatson on June 13, 2019 at 2:50 am

I just saw Shazam! and Long Shot there tonight (Wednesday); tickets were $3.00, plus a small popcorn was free with each one (a special; weekly I believe). While it’s obviously seen better days, it’s clean and in decent shape (barring a bloc of about four seats missing from one of the theaters). Posters for movies from the past few years are still up, plus a more-than-life-sized cardboard cutout for 2016’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War by the entrance. Note that it’s set back from the main road, Newport Avenue, behind other buildings and off a side street (Narragansett Park Drive), though the marquee is on Newport.

mp775
mp775 on January 21, 2020 at 3:35 pm

The theater was shut down Saturday by the City when the $9,250 check to renew their licenses bounced. They reopened today after paying with a cashier’s check.

https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200121/east-providence-cinema-shut-down-due-to-bad-check-allowed-to-reopen

mp775
mp775 on February 22, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Apparently they haven’t reopened, and the theater is now boarded up and padlocked. https://www.golocalprov.com/news/east-providence-cinemas-boarded-up-and-padlocked?fbclid=IwAR1EmST3XSHfrHk0-XNMdQy5n0Yj3fLCTKUfmuXo3qRRfR-oo8X7scYA1EQ

mp775
mp775 on August 26, 2020 at 8:10 pm

The building is fenced off with DEMO spray painted on the front.

mp775
mp775 on December 3, 2020 at 8:49 am

Demolished this week - https://www.golocalprov.com/news/photo-end-of-an-era-east-providence-cinemas-demolished?fbclid=IwAR1ujtlT2FPg4H1CTYMlo6iLx_IYNPMHOHYpGph3E9OrboRQ4lTIM2-2RYs

MSC77
MSC77 on January 19, 2022 at 3:54 pm

Does anyone have a more precise ownership timeline than what is given in the overview (and elsewhere online)? In particular, when did Esquire last own it, and in what year did it get renovated into its 10-screen configuration?

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