Cranston Drive-In

1400 Oaklawn Avenue,
Cranston, RI 02920

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The Cranston Auto Drive-In opened in 1948. It was still operating under this name in 1955.

Contributed by TOM CONTI

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 1, 2005 at 12:27 am

And on October 11 & 12 of 1950, they had shown Rossellini’s Open City. Those two programs, exactly one year apart, coincided with Columbus Day and were meant to be cultural presentations for the R.I. Italian-American community. Perhaps the drive-in should have been renamed “Neorealist Auto Theatre.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 3, 2005 at 11:02 am

Lostmemory, this drive-in was also called the Cranston Drive-In late in its career but Cranston Auto Theatre earlier on. I have a newspaper ad in front of me from August, 1978, when it was showing Corvette Summer & Coma. The ad says Cranston Drive-In, Rte. 5, Cranston. It was to close about 15 months later.

DOS76
DOS76 on August 7, 2005 at 2:55 am

i remember this place-nothing but great memories- i remember hearing over the loud speakers “concession stand closes in 10 minutes”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 8, 2005 at 9:05 am

3-D Movie at Drive-In Provides Police with 4-D Traffic Tieup
That was the headline of a Providence Journal newspaper article on July 13, 1953 reporting that the showing of a 3-D movie at this drive-in the night before combined with volumes of traffic returning from the R.I. beaches had caused a monumental traffic snarl in the area. The movie was Fort Ti which played with the 3-D short Spooks, featuring the 3 Stooges.

Partymonster
Partymonster on May 19, 2006 at 4:15 pm

I spent many a summre’s evening as a boy with my family at this long-ago delight. Every year when they closed, they would post on their sign; “Had to close before we froze. See you when the crocus grows."
:–)
Bill Gannon

RJT70mm
RJT70mm on July 11, 2007 at 7:04 pm

I believe this drive in installed 70mm in the early sixties. National Theatre Supply ran an ad in the tradepapers for their Ventarc blown arc lamp with a picture of the booth. They also had Norelco DP70’s. The screen size was given as 114 ft.

RJT70mm
RJT70mm on July 13, 2007 at 5:48 pm

I just rechecked the ad and screen size was given as 50'x122' and a projected pcture of 47'x118' at a 240' throw. Light readings were 6 fl. for 35mm and 8 fl. for 70mm.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm

The Cranston Drive-In was equipped with 3-D projection capability in 1953, with the first offering being “Man in the Dark” per an item in Boxoffice mahgazine, July 4, 1953.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

Cranston Drive-In sues gas station for removal of annoying blinker sign,
item in Boxoffice magazine, August 5, 1950:
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ejones880
ejones880 on July 14, 2013 at 1:17 am

What year did it close? I remember going their in 1979

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