Shipyard Drive-In

Harbourside Boulevard & Shipyard Street,
Providence, RI 02905

1700 cars

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Cafarama

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Shipyard Drive-In opened in August 1957 and closed in 1976. This drive-in had a capacity for 1,700 cars.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 29, 2008 at 8:50 am

In September 1964, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow played in first-run at the Shipyard Drive-In, day-dating with the downtown Majestic Theatre. The Italian-made film, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, was very popular.

Partymonster
Partymonster on August 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm

My band “The Van Goghs” played a gig here in the mid-late 60’s before and between movies. The gig was lousy, but I was with my college sweetheart Patricia “Irish” Finnerty, so it waasn’t so bad…

bygonedays
bygonedays on November 1, 2008 at 4:18 am

I saw movies at the Shipyard (~1960-68) It was a great way for families to have a night out.. Just hang a speaker in your window and you were good to go.. Also in that same vicinity was the Atlantic Mills discount outlet, where we shopped every year getting ready for school.. A friend of mine and I, also frequented the Shipyard Ice Skating Rink every Saturday for a couple of years.

Years later (~1978), I worked at RI Imports (owned by Jake Kaplan) who either owned or leased the grounds of the old Shipyard Drive-In. We parked new imported cars (Nissan, Saab, Mitsubishi), driving up and down the rolling slopes which, years before, held carloads of families facing the big screen. The screen was still up when I worked down there.

Lost Memory’s image references in Feb 2005, have changed slightly.. Everything is the same except lead the number with a zero.. e.g. “ritship12.jpg” is now “ritship012.jpg”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

Item announcing building of Shipyard Drive-In by Berry Hill Corp., Boxoffice magazine, September 8, 1956.
View link

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

Item announcing the recently opened Shipyard Drive-In, including the promotion for the new theatre, in Boxoffice magazine, August 17, 1957.
View link

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on December 9, 2010 at 5:52 am

Maybe I’m off my rocker, but looking at the current Google Map would suggest the layout of the area has changed some. If you search for 134 Harborside Avenue, and drop the Street View marker at the corner of Shipyard Street & Harborside Avenue, you can see the former field. Maybe Allens Avenue ran there at one point…but not anymore. Just my two cents on it.

Not much left – just the faint impression of the rows. And I know it’s the right location because I compared with Lost’s satellite image – the bends in the riverbank match.

elevatortribe
elevatortribe on January 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I would love to hear of any insights on the concert by IRON BUTTERFLY at the Shipyard. I have a nice print of the poster, made by the mad peck.

Dchad46
Dchad46 on April 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Does anyone have any other pictures of this drive-in ?

Ken (from the West Coast -are you still out there)

Kendjr
Kendjr on May 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Yes Dchad this is Ken, I’m still here but for some reason your Cox email kept bouncing, no more pictures of the Shipyard, I did locate the Manager Earl Clancy who I worked for back in the late 60’s he has no pictures of the Drive-in, wish I could find a picture of the screen, email me, Ken

Kendjr
Kendjr on May 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm

To Elevatortribe, The Iron Buttterfy Concert atthe Shipyard never happened, it was cancelled at the last minute, I recall it was scheduled in May of 1971 I left R I in June of 1971, maybe the concert was rescheduled? I recall us all getting ready for it, D J Mike Sands from WICE Radio was going to host it, hope this bit of info helps Ken

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater