Casino Theatre

Ocean Road,
Narragansett, RI 02882

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Previously operated by: Daytz Theatre Enterprises Corp.

Previous Names: Pastime Theatre, Pier Cinema

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Casino Theatre

The Casino Theatre, was built in 1916. The theatre directly faced Narragansett Beach. It was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938. It was rebuilt in 1939. By 1957 the Casino Theatre was operated by Daytz Theatre Enterprises Corp. In 1967 it was renamed Pier Theatre. It was demolished by the early-1970’s or so and a grassy park replaces the land where it once stood. It may have been formerly known as the Pastime Theatre.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 18, 2005 at 11:15 am

Although this information doesn’t deal directly with the Casino/Pier, this is probably an appropriate place to post, since the Pier depot, with which this deals, was about a block away. A Providence Journal article of August 30, 1938 reported a planned movie show at the abandoned Narragansett Pier Railroad Station. I’ve paraphrased some of the information.

A group of men, having formed their own movie company, “S.P.E.”, had produced the feature film The Verdict, from a French play by Erckman-Chatrian called The Bells. Harold Thewlis, one of the members of the group, had the leading role. A second feature, Concentrated Vodka, an original comedy written and acted by the producers, would also be offered that week with showings on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday…and more if boxoffice receipts warranted. Travel films taken by the company during a European bicycle trip would also be featured.

I could uncover no information on these films, although other film versions of Erckman-Chatrian’s play can be found on IMDb.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 6, 2005 at 9:22 am

The Casino Theatre became the Pier Cinema in 1967.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 28, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Here is an aerial photo of seaside Narragansett in the 1960s. On the left above the red X, next to the post office, you can seen where the Casino Theatre/Pier Cinema used to be. It is the long white building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2009 at 11:33 am

The Music Trade Review of September 30, 1916, said “The $100,000 Casino theatre at Narragansett Pier, has just been opened by John Hannon.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Item in Boxoffice Magazine, October 1, 1938 (after the hurricane)


There were unconfirmed rumors Saturday that the Casino Theatre at Narragansett Pier in Roode Island had been washed to sea.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

In September 1922 this theatre was part of Rhode Island’s Paramount Week. Click to see the ad in Providence News, September 1, 1922, which contains a list of all participating theatres as well as the films shown that week.


Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

From The (Providence) Evening Tribune, September 8, 1916: “Narragansett’s season is rapidly nearing its end, and departures are now the rule rather than arrivals. Social events are few and far between, and for lack of these, society here has taken to the ‘movies.’ The attractive new moving picture house at the Pier fills a long-felt want and the patronage from the cottage colony and hotels has been so large that practically every seat has been taken for the evening performances. Indeed, if one wishes to meet friends just now one needs only to go to the ‘movies’ at any time between 8 and 10 o'clock.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2022 at 4:47 am

The reports of the Casino Theatre’s demise in the 1938 hurricane may not have been exaggerated. A list of theater projects reported in the last half of 1938 was published in the January 7, 1939 issue of Motion Picture Herald, and a 700-seat Casino Theatre at Narraganset was among them.

max on March 6, 2024 at 7:28 pm

I recall seeing “Magnificent Seven” with Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Yule Brenner in the late 60s at the Pier. My family was summering in Narragansett & we walked to the Cinema in the evening.

In wasn’t aware of the Casino Cinema which was destroyed in the ‘38 hurricane. My guess, it was close to the Towers remnant of Narragansett Casino. I’ve seen images of the Narragansett Casino and it appeared to encompass a large area.

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