Route 44 Drive-In

Putnam Pike and I 295,
Smithfield, RI 02917

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Route 44 Drive-In

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The regular Friday night event in my house in the 1960’s was going up to the Route 44 Drive-In. It had a play area under the screen (we were too young and restricted to the car).

The property was annexed for the construction of Route 295 and the 44/295 interchange in the early-1970’s.

Contributed by Charles D'Atri

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 18, 2005 at 2:30 pm

Hardbop, www.drive-ins.com says it closed in 1968 with the construction of Route 295.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 18, 2005 at 2:31 pm

Drive-Ins.com gives a closing year of 1968 for this drive-in. Your mileage may vary. :)

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 13, 2005 at 3:27 am

In May of 1968 the Route 44 Drive-In was showing the immortal double bill of Mondo Freudo & The Pleasure Girls.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 23, 2008 at 7:15 pm

The Route 44 Drive-In is listed in the 1975 IMPA with a capacity for 400 cars.

nritota
nritota on December 23, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I grew up about 3 miles from this site. I remember ther was also a Pet shop (Petland, I believe) adjacent that was also taken for I295.

jimstuder
jimstuder on January 12, 2009 at 3:25 am

I worked in the snack bar at the RT 44 drive-in from 1964 till 1966 while I was in high school(EP). Joseph Jarvis was the manager at the time. Everett McCain and Eddy (klunk) Parker also worked with me during that time. Part of my duties was to clean the trash from the parking area on weekends as well as repairing and testing the speakers and heaters. We were open during the winter weekends during the time I worked at the RT 44. It was a great job, no pressure, and free movies.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

In the late 50’s it was owned by M. Safner.Stilled parked 400 cars. And no I never worked here.Sounds like a great Drive-In.

CDAtri
CDAtri on November 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

It sat exactly where the cloverleaf for the Rt 44 and 295 is now.

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