The state of Rhode Island hosted one of the
first ten Drive-in theatres to be built in America:
The Providence Drive-in, which opened in July of 1937.
During the heydey of the outdoor cinema, there were
as many as 15 Drive-ins operating in the smallest
of the American states. Presently, only 1 remains:
North Smithfield (Providence County) Rhode Island
Rustic Tri-View Drive-in Theatre: 401-769-7601
located on Route 146 - Eddie Dowling Highway,
(midway between Providence & Woonsocket).
Originally, a solo screen when it opened back in 1951.
Two more screens were added in 1988 after the Drive-in
was acquired by a new owner who also introduced AM & FM
radio broadcasting of the movie audio. Open seasonally,
April thru September, with a capacity for over 500 cars.
If you are aware of any Drive-in
that we seem to have missed, or
would like to contribute any
information to our efforts,
please use this envelope
to send a letter to us.