780 Post Road,
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Opened on March 19, 1964, this was a plush first run single-screen theatre and the only movie theatre in Warwick at the time it opened. In 1965 it achieved a major coup (beating Providence’s Elmwood Theatre) when it became the Rhode Island theatre to show “The Sound of Music” in an exclusive 70mm run. It played here for over a year on a reserved-seat roadshow basis. Bus loads of people came here from everywhere, school children, senior citizens, the whole citizenry of Little Rhody.
After that, the theatre went into slow decline, with some occasional high spots. Competition from the newer Warwick Mall Cinemas (now gone also) and other multiplexes affected the theatre. The Warwick Cinema eventually shut down and the building was razed in the 1980’s or thereabouts. A shopping center is there now.
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