Theatre By The Sea

364 Cards Pond Road,
Matunuck, RI 02879

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Craigie
Craigie on December 29, 2011 at 6:32 am

I saw several Disney movies there during the early-to-mid 1970s. I used to get car-sick in those days, so I won’t forget the long, long drive from Providence and back in the back of a Volkswagen squareback, usually with no seatbelt.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Interesting name.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I have no documentation about its use as a movie theatre in the immediate postwar period. But I do know that in the month of September 1968, immediately after the live theatre season, there was a film festival of classic and foreign movies here. I myself was consulted on what format that might take, because at that time I ran a film society in Providence called Prestige Film. I wound up having no hand in the program in Matunuck. The promoters settled on a collecion of selected movies distributed by Janus Films. A screen was set up and temporary 16mm projectors were put in place. I attended two of the films shown that month: the von Sternberg/Marlene Dietrich The Blue Angel on Monday, September 2 and Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes on Tuesday, September 17. A printed calendar was distributed listing the offerings in the series, but I no longer have a copy of it, so I do not remember how many films were shown over how many nights. The series ran only selected nights during the month, as I recall. But I did see those two movies here in 1968.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 7, 2010 at 11:47 am

I’d thought this was never a movie theatre. However at http://www.theatrebythesea.com/History.aspx it states: “By 1941, with the war raging and gas rationing in place, the theatre went dark for a few years, but then sporadically played as a movie house.”