Hilltop Drive-In

5727 Post Road,
East Greenwich, RI 02818

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Hilltop Drive-In

This drive-in was on Post Road (Route 1), north of the Quonset Drive-In. The Hilltop Drive-In was opened on March 13, 1955 with Dorothy Dandridge in “Carmen Jones” & The Bowery Boys in “Jungle Gents”. It was closed in 1987.

Now demolished and St. Elizabeth’s Nursing is located here.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 1, 2005 at 2:43 am

The Providence Journal reported on June 6, 1963:

Film Cut at Request of Town Councilman
An East Greenwich outdoor theater cut three scenes from a movie last night on the request of the town concil prsident after the police chief, several clergymen, and the secretary of the state Commission to Encourage Morality in Youth had previewed it.
The Hilltop Drive-In in East Greenwich cut three scenes from the film “The Seducers,” at the request of Arthur H. Aker, town council president, after Police Chief John F. Ryan reported to him on the preview which was held at the Palace Theater in West Warwick.

Mr. Aker…said Harry Erinakes, manager of the Hilltop, was willing to cut the scenes and that no pressure was brought to bear on the theater. He thanked Mr. Erinakes for his cooperation.

Mr. Erinakes said the scenes were cut before the opening performance last night.

Viewing the picture at yesterday afternon’s special performance were Chief Ryan, the Rev. Wilmot Murray, pastor of the first Baptist Church in East Greenwich, the Rev. Arthur J. Geddes of St. James Church, Arctic; Albert J. McAloon, secretary of the youth commission; Lt. Edward P. Aptt of the Providence police department bureau of prosecution; and two Journal-Bulletin reporters.

Chief Ryan said later that the film was “strictly adult.”

Mr. Erinakes said it was agreed that the film should be restricted to patrons over 18, and that policemen hired by the theater would be stationed at the gate to enforce the rule.

Mr. Murray, who attended at the invitation of Chief Ryan, said he suggested that the opening scene preceding the picture title be left out.

Father Geddes referred to the “suggestiveness” of the picture and the scenes of violence. He said the picture was “too stimulating” for younger people.

monika on June 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm

In reference to the theatre submitter’s comments — according to their website, the St. Elizabeth Nursing Home is located at One Saint Elizabeth Way, East Greenwich, RI 02818.

monika on June 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Thanks LM. I didn’t realize I hit “submit” on that first one. The address has been updated.

MichaelKilgore on October 28, 2023 at 12:51 pm

Motion Picture Herald, May 1, 1954: “A mid-June opening for the Hill-Top drive-in, East Greenwich, is set for the new theatre under construction for the Erinakes brothers, George and Harry.”

rivest266 on June 7, 2024 at 11:59 am

Opened March 13th, 1955. Grand opening ad posted. Its June 1954 opening must have been postponed.

rivest266 on June 9, 2024 at 2:20 pm

Last season: 1987.

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