Westerly Cinemas

142 Granite Street,
Westerly, RI 02891

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Originally built as a single screen Jerry Lewis Cinema in the late-1960’s or shortly thereafter, the theatre became an independent house and was afterwards split up into four theatres.

It shut down a around 2000, probably because of competition from the nearby Stonington multiplex. It is currently used for retail.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 26, 2004 at 5:38 pm

The former Westerly Cinemas 4 are now a Pets Plus and a Blockbuster. The building, which was white as a cinema, has been repainted a horrific shade of pink. It was run by the Hoyts chain before it closed. Built in the 1970’s, it was previously run by Interstate Theatres. Hoyts closed it in winter 2000 after they opened the Stonington Cinemas nearby. A photo of it as a cinema can be seen at View link

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 26, 2005 at 9:55 am

I don’t know if I went to this theatre more than once, but I noted seeing A Few Good Men here on January 18, 1993.

TheMovieCritic
TheMovieCritic on May 25, 2010 at 9:05 am

I remember seeing a most of my movies here as a kid! Including “Star Wars”(1977), “Superman: The Movie(1978), "Rocky III”(1982), “Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom”(1984), “The Goonies”(1985), “Back To The Future”(1985), the list goes on & on. It was a twin until the summer of 1984, when the first theater was split in two. Its a tragedy to hear what happened to this theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I thought when JERRY LEWIS opens his “CINEMAS” they were twins,the above statment says one screen.

TheMovieCritic
TheMovieCritic on May 26, 2010 at 6:45 am

It was a Twin Cinema until July of 1984. The owners took screen 1 & split it in half making two smaller theaters (roughly 150 seating capacity per theater) then was reopened in late summer of ‘84. The Cinema then went under the name Westerly Cinemas 1, 2, & 3.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

Surprized they didn’t split theatre 3 and make a quad,like they did at my theatres COLUMBIA 1 and 2 Theatres.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 5, 2011 at 6:55 am

Mike: this was a quad.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 5, 2011 at 7:17 am

Thanks Roger,sure they ruined the old twin like so many others.

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