Forest Casino

Rocky Point Park,
Warwick, RI 02888

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Forest Casino was a seasonal vaudeville and motion picture house located within Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, RI. References to this summer theatre appear in ads and articles in Rhode Island newspapers from around 1902 to at least 1920.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2011 at 3:49 am

From The (Providence)Evening News, August 7, 1909: “A new vaudeville show and new sets of moving pictures are offered in the Forest casino and the bill is one that cannot fail to please.”

From Providence News, June 1, 1920: “Forest Casino offered an extra good bill of pictures and vaudeville and was well patronized.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2011 at 4:30 am

EARLY 20TH CENTURY PHOTO of Rocky Point Park. Forest Casino was located within the amusement park. Many area residents flocked to this park during the warm months. Ferries and direct trolleys could bring them in. They could picnic or have a RI shore dinner, visit the amusements and rides, go to a dance hall, attend a vaudeville and movie program before returning home. I don’t believe any actual photos of the Forest Casino survive, and I believe that it may have been destroyed in a fire that leveled some of the park early on.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

Here is a NEWSPAPER AD from August 4, 1896. It shows the Forest Casino open for entertainment events and also points out the showings of Edison Vitascope films at probably a separate building at the park. Vitascope shorts had been shown two months earlier in Providence. Movies were just coming into existence and considered a side-show novelty.

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