East Providence Cinemas

60 Newport Avenue,
East Providence, RI 02916

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East Providence Cinema front entrance

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Opened in the 1960’s as the Four Seasons Cinemas with just two screens, showing first run attractions either exclusively in the greater Providence area or else day/dating with other area theatres. They had 70mm projection capability. From time to time they played first run art house fare. Additional screening rooms were added over the years until a major overhaul a few years ago made it into a 10-screen multiplex.

A great place to see recent films at low prices in a fairly luxurious ambience after their first run engagements. This East Providence (Rumford) theatre is near the Pawtucket city line and is the city’s only currently active movie theatre. Operated by Patriot Cinemas as a discount second run multiplex, it was next operated by the Cinema Holdings Group. In 2013 it is operated by Empire Cineplex Cinemas.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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JMLJ on January 26, 2008 at 7:02 pm

My father (Larry Johnson) managed the Four Seasons throughout most of the mid 70’s into early 80’s when it went to a second-run house. By then it had four screens, all decent size. The exterior looked far better than it does today. I’ll see if I have photos. In late 70’s they split 3 screens in half and added a game room. In my opinion that was the end of it being a decent place.

My dad also created much of the newspaper advertising for this and related Rhode Island theaters and drive-ins throughout the 70’s (including the one posted earlier here by Gerald DeLuca (do we know each other?).

jcholmes on May 3, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I was employed at this site after Patriot took it over from Hoyts. The Sr. Leadership team did a great job in converting it over, and although may not appear it, many repairs needed to be made. As a former Area Director at Hoyts, I can tell you maintaining facilities was not a high priority – just building them (one reason they went bankrupt). In the two years I was at the East Providence cinema, the Sr. Leadership of the company was consistently customer focused – they wanted lower costs, so they could keep the cost to the customers low. The projectors are the same make and model of the pre-90’s theatres of most major chains and features surround sound in a few of the Auditoriums, so the picture and sound quality is similar to many first run houses. Definitly the best deal going for seeing movies in RI or SE MA.

lebugg on July 7, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Not a great movie going experience. While they had the surround speakers along the walls of the auditorium (screen #5), The sound only came from behind the screen. That in itself would not bother me too much as admission is only $2, but the projected image was way too dim and unfocused. To make matters worse; The Exit sign seemed overly bright and cast a red glow across about a third of the movie screen, Further washing out the image.

usual on June 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm

This cinema is now operated by cinema holdings group www.cinemaholdings.com Owned by Ben & Peter Kafash. They also own the Apple Valley Cinemas and two others in Florida.

usual on June 29, 2010 at 11:54 am

It appears the new owners are keeping the same price policy for now

usual on July 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Wrong – Prices rise .50 – still pretty cheap

usual on December 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm

This is the same company that owned the one in Smithfield at the apple valley mall. They couldn’t pay the rent, the future for this company looks bleak.

James Fisher
James Fisher on July 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

Well my frined another theatre i relate to the four seasons i do rememebr larry as a manager along with Mr Joe Jarvis whom later in the eairly 80’s left to open jane picken in newport,, this was a nice looking theatre with the shandaler hanging in the bay window i might even have some picture of this place in the late 70’s/ eairly 80’s first run house i used to compete against for the union to get better picture faster

rkq on December 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

On a recent drive passing by I noticed after years, they fixed up the onstreet signage and bought new letters so they could complete the movie titles now. I was surprized because they are second run, they have 10 screens and the use of film is just about over with. Wondering what is in the plans with digital conversion. There’s no way they could convert 10 screens charging $2 a ticket.

mattgorman on January 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Theater as of 1/17/2016, tickets are 3 dollars, 2 dollars Tuesdays and Thursdays, has digital projection and sound.

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