Meadowbrook Cinemas

2452 Warwick Avenue,
Warwick, RI 02889

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The Meadowbrook Cinemas started out as a Jerry Lewis Cinema in the late-1960’s. For many years it was a discount second run theater and a popular showplace for midnight showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. A parking lot is now on the site of the theater.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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hardbop
hardbop on April 26, 2006 at 9:15 am

I remember seeing “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” here when I was in high school.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 26, 2006 at 10:52 am

A market has taken its place.

hardbop
hardbop on April 27, 2006 at 5:11 am

This theatre must have booked a lot of B movies back in the day because in addition to “Billy Jack” & “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” I caught “Walking Tall” here.

When I lived in Warwick there was a Benny’s in the plaza where the Meadowbrook was located. Across the street were woods. In the eighties or nineties they built a huge Stop & Shop and a plaza across the street. When Star Market went bust, Benny’s moved to where the Stop & Shop was in Wild’s Corner on West Shore Road about a mile away. Stop & Shop, needing an even bigger store, then knocked down the plaza where Benny’s & the Meadowbrook was and literally moved across the street. I don’t know what replaced the Stop & Shop.

Also, in the days before Blockbuster, there was a great local owner operated and run video store in the plaza where the Meadowbrook was located. Oddly, the video store was closed on Sundays of all days. They had a good selection of classic titles if memory serves me correctly, plus knowledgeable staff.

This is neither here nor there, but actor James Woods is from Warwick (Pilgrim High School I think) and his brother ran a video store in Warwick in the eighties.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 27, 2006 at 6:13 am

Re: James Woods. Correct. When he was in town, he would actually work in the store. That must have startled a few people coming in to rent films. Apponaug, I believe.

hardbop
hardbop on May 2, 2006 at 9:20 am

Actually, I think Woods' video store was not quite in Apponaug. If memory serves me correctly it was in the plaza where Almacs was at the corner or Buttonwoods Avenue & West Shore Road where the Columbus Bank used to be (the first bank where I had an account; a passbook savings!; remember those!) and it moved across the street to a building that also housed a men’s hair stylist (I used to patronize that place too, but I had more hair back then). I can’t remember if Woods' store started next to Almacs and moved across the street or if it was the other way around.

Meanwhile, getting back to the Meadowbrook, two other films I remember seeing there were ANIMAL HOUSE and THE TERMINATOR.

ngtowl
ngtowl on September 19, 2006 at 11:32 pm

Gerald,I did not realize you guys mentioned the meadowbrook cinema I almost forgot about that place!

Partymonster
Partymonster on September 20, 2006 at 2:51 am

I don’t remember Michael Wood’s (RIP) video store, but I do remember he had a record store down by Warwick Veteran’s Memorial HS called Skank Records. Word is that James (Pilgrim HS ‘65) bankrolled it.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 8, 2008 at 4:04 am

In 2000 the new owners of the theatre, Trainor Entertainment, refurbished the place a good deal before it reopened in June as the Limelight Cinemas. But by 2001, less than a year later, the theatre was forced to close because the lease was not renewed. It closed for good on April 22, 2001. Information on the place as well as some photos taken during the renovation can be seen HERE.

hardbop
hardbop on June 25, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I have so many memories of the Meadowbrook. I did go to Warwick Veterans Memorial High School and I think I remember Skank Records. There were three record stores near Vets. There was one directly across the street. It was open in ‘74 because the first time I drove alone I went there to buy I believe a Deep Purple Record. There was also another record store on the same side of the street at Vets in the direction of the Meadowbrook. It was the first of the three to open and closed pretty quickly. It was open and probably closed before '74. Then there was a third record store also across from Vets that was the last of the three to be open. It might have been in the same shopping plaza as the one where I bought the Deep Purple Record.

And does anyone remember “Door 24” I think it was called. It was in that shopping plaza at the corner of Airport Road and Post Road (that also used to contain a restaurant called “The Chicken Coop” and “The Mayfair Lounge” and Ladd’s Records (after the Garden City Store closed). In any event Door 24 was down a flight of stairs and there was a record store, a head shop and maybe a clothing store. It didn’t last long; door 24 closed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm

The Meadowbrook Cinemas are still listed in 1998 with three screens and 593 seats.

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