Quonset Drive-In

Namcook Road and Saw Mill Drive,
North Kingstown, RI 02852

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Quonset Drive-In

Located near the entrance to the Quonset Naval Base, the popular drive-in on Route 1 was listed in 1954 as having a capacity for 600 cars. It opened with Richard Todd in Walt Disney’s “Rob Roy:The Highland Rogue” and Leslie Caron in “Lili”. It operated into the 1960’s.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 5, 2005 at 10:23 am

In May of 1959 they had a “daring” double bill called “Wasted Lives” (about unwed mothers) along with an interwoven color featurette called “The Birth of Twins.” A group of us went to see this program when we were seniors in high school. It pretty much played only at drive-ins like numerous similar packages of exploitation films masquerading as serious sex-ed.

hardbop on May 5, 2005 at 5:32 pm

I remember the Quonset Drive In well. I also remember the Hilltop Drive In just down/up Route 1. Which one closed first, the Quonset or the Hilltop? I remember one of the two of them was still standing long after it was abandoned. It was only fairly recently that the Quonset/Hilltop was leveled.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 15, 2005 at 6:44 am

A September, 1975 newspaper ad shared with the Boro Drive-In in South Attleboro, Massachusetts, promotes Games Guys Play along with Games Girls Play and the third feature, Roommates. $4.00 a carload.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, November 6, 1954:
“The Quonset Drive-In while presenting "Three Forbidden Stories” suggested that children be left at home during this presentation."

[Note: that was an Italian-made film with three stories dealing with love and sex.}

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 8:08 am

Boxoffice magazine item, June 26, 1954:
“Boasting a large panoramcic screen, the new Quonset Drive-In on Route 1 opposite Quonset naval station opened auspiciously, featuring a twin bill of "Rob Roy” and “Lili.” Scores of gifts, free ice cream for the kiddies and other novelties drew a capacity crowd…"

drivinmanfl on July 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm

whoever did the streetview you are way off this view is Tower Hill Rd and Ten Road Rd, the drive-in was about 2 or 3 miles further north on Route 1 near Quonset. If you google “Devils Foot Road and Namcook Road North Kingstown RI” and point the camera north down Namcook that’s where the drive in was. The land is now a new cul-de-sac just behind Tarbox Toyota.

jwmovies on November 11, 2012 at 3:01 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 6855 Post Road.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 12, 2012 at 9:50 am




If you go to the Map click on “View larger map”, click on “Google Maps” and go to “Satellite” at this new address, you will see that Saw Mill Drive curves around the outline of the Drive-In.

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