Rustic Tri-View Drive-In

1193 Eddie Dowling Highway (Route 146),
North Smithfield, RI 02896

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The Rustic Tri-View Drive-In opened in 1951 as the Rustic Drive-In with a single screen. In 1988, two more screens were added and the name was changed to the Rustic Tri-View Drive-In. It has a capacity for 550 cars.

It is listed as the last open drive-in in Rhode Island and is open seasonally April through September.

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kmccarthy
kmccarthy on November 7, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I was wondering if anyone knew how to contact the owners or management for the Rustic? I wanted to see if I could hold an event at their site but the only phone number I can find is for their showtimes. If anyone can help i would be super appreciative!!!

Archie1959
Archie1959 on November 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Did you try contacting Boston Cullinary Group?
55 Cambridge Pkwy., Suite 200
Cambridge, MA 02142

phone: 617-499-2700 fax: 617-225-0897

Maybe they can help locate the owners or management.

coweyhere
coweyhere on November 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

A photo from September 2010:

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JonathanInRandolph
JonathanInRandolph on April 5, 2011 at 1:04 am

Theres a house thats practically under one of the screens on the street level. I wish i lived in that house. You can tune into the movie on the stereo and watch the movie in the backyard, lol

Archie1959
Archie1959 on July 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Just went to Rustic 1st time Saturday night. Got there ½ hour before showtime so parking spot was not great but better than some. Saw T3 UGH! and Captain America Bad ending. Did not think snack bar had big selection. Place is cash only. Dissapointed in intermission. No dancing hot dogs or pushing of snack bar. Only coming attraction of Mission Impossible & Spider Man. Easy to exit. My visit to Mendon Drive In last lear was a better expoerence.

Archie1959
Archie1959 on June 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Drive In will be digital cinema starting Friday June 14.

SingleScreen
SingleScreen on July 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm

In 1991, I caught a double bill of FX2 and whatever STAR TREK film was released around that time. It was the first and only time I’ve been there.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on September 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

There’s a nice article about the Desmaris family and the Rustic in the Sept. 8, 1997 New York Times, still available online 20 years later. A real time capsule! It says Clem and Beverly met while working there in 1954. They bought the Rustic in 1988, threw out the X-rated movies and added two screens.

The 1952 and 1955-56 Theatre Catalogs list it with a capacity of 600 cars, run by M. Stanzler and Affiliated Ths. Corp.

The 1952-53 Motion Picture Almanac lists the owner as Rustic Drive-In, Inc. and that capacity at 600. That stayed the same through at least its 1966 edition. In 1982, the owner was Hallmark (not the card company, I hope!) and capacity was 500, and nothing changed through the MPAs' last drive-in list in 1988.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on September 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Three good YouTube videos:

2008: a staycation postcard from The Herald News
2013: 10-minute Executive Suite TV interview, with drive-in footage, of the folks who run the Rustic
2017: Very nice drone video including what the front looks like at ground level

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