Casino Theatre

Ocean Road,
Narragansett, RI 02882

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2022 at 11:47 pm

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.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2011 at 6:08 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.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 20, 2011 at 2:07 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 26, 2010 at 6:35 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2009 at 6:33 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 October 28, 2008 at 11:59 am

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.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 6, 2005 at 4:22 am

The Casino Theatre became the Pier Cinema in 1967.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 18, 2005 at 6:15 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 August 6, 2005 at 10:41 am

As the Pier Cinema in March, 1970, one of the double bills was the adultish Russ Meyer program of Good Morning…and Goodbye! & Vixen.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 24, 2005 at 7:41 pm

This Casino Theatre is not to be confused with the Narragansett Casino, a dance and live entertainment venue and a Narragansett Pier legend.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 31, 2005 at 1:29 pm

Here is a photo of the theatre in 1967 when I went to see “The War Wagon."
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 17, 2004 at 9:20 pm

I believe the theatre was also called the Pier Cinema in its last days. In June of 1967 I saw THE WAR WAGON here. I have a photo I took that day showing the entrance to the theatre, the “Casino” sign, and a poster-window displaying a one-sheet of THE WAR WAGON. I believe it was the only time I visited the place, which seemed weather-beaten and moldy in a kind of almost charming summer-colony manner. The theatre did not survive another decade, if that. The three-screened Narragansett Theatre now stands a few hundred feet away in a complex of condominiums and small shops.