Narragansett Theater

3 Beach Street,
Narragansett, RI

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The Narragansett Theater is a free-standing building located in the middle of a complex of beach-facing condominiums, a resort hotel, and shops across from Narragansett Beach, which is one of Rhode Island’s best known strand of sand. The complex dates back to the early-mid 1970s when it replaced the streetside buildings of the former main village and the land behind them.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 18, 2004 at 4:01 am

The address is 3 Beach Street. In newspaper ads the theatre is referred to as “Narragansett Cinemas.” The lettering on the side of the theatre says “Narragansett Theatre.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 18, 2004 at 6:39 am

Yes, it is listed as the Narragansett Cinemas, but the signs on the front marquee and on the side of the building actually say Narragansett Theater. I checked my photos. Why are some theaters called theatres, while some theatres are theaters? I’ve always preferred -re but the more common spelling is -er. Anyway, moot point. We must call it “cinemas” because of how it publicizes itself. At any rate, the place has a bit of gray-shingled charm despite the sterility, for me, of the whole complex. I wish the theater/theatre/cinemas success.

kthealey
kthealey on June 21, 2004 at 12:10 pm

In regards to the Narragansett Cinemas versus theater…The current owner changed the original “Cinemas” name to Narragansett Theater in 1995 upon purchase and reopening. Narragansett Cinemas was the old name.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 15, 2004 at 10:37 am

It was reported in the Providence Journal that the theater owner is seeking permission to sell liquor at the theatre as a way of increasing revenues.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 6, 2005 at 8:02 am

The Narragansett was previously known as the Pier Cinema, and is not to be confused with the earlier single-screen Pier, formerly located in a nearby spot, directly across from the ocean, and demolished before this one was built. In 1982 this theatre had two screens and at one point was showing Annie and E.T.

gopherkc
gopherkc on September 12, 2005 at 6:43 pm

hi. we affectionately call ourselves the Narragansett Theater, Pier theater. the staff, team narragansett theater. our cinemas, hold respectivley roughly 160, 160, and 130 people. we will be very soon undergoing a format change, our previous format; first run movies, will be replaced by one we feel will better help the business survive in the coming years. on thursday september 15th we will close for anywhere from two weeks to a month to transition to foreign, indipendent, and classic films. i hope you will all endevour to support our historic theatre and i thank those of you for your past patronage.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 13, 2005 at 12:54 am

It isn’t too “historic.” It’s a typical, ugly shopping plaza cinema.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 13, 2005 at 2:00 am

Although, as a shopping place, it’s a tad more characterful that many…if you like ersatz beach architecture. The single-screen Casino Theatre/Pier Cinema, demolished in the early 1970s and located a block from here, was a nicer building. Closing for two weeks? I didn’t know it had been open at all this past summer. Anyhow, I hope the new policy is successful. Rhode Island’s South County needs something with that kind of programming.

Chris Newton
Chris Newton on September 29, 2005 at 10:51 am

Good luck, Narragansett Theatre folks. As a new South County resident I would love you see you thrive as a repertory theater featuring classic, foreign and new independent films. Sounds great!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2007 at 4:51 am

A very attractive framed photograph of the nearby Community Theatre (later Campus Cinema) in 1942, can be seen in the lobby of the Narragansett Theater. Pi Patel, who owns (owned?) the Narragansett, also owned the Campus Theatre in Wakefield. That one closed in 2003, after the opening of the multiplex Entertainment Cinemas on Route 1 in South Kingstown. The Narragansett continues to operate with first-run features. In 2004 a Providence Journal article said that the theatre was due to be closed permanently, but that has not happened.

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