Hilltop Drive-In

5727 Post Road,
East Greenwich, RI 02818

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rivest266 on June 9, 2024 at 11:20 am

Last season: 1987.

rivest266 on June 7, 2024 at 8:59 am

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

MichaelKilgore on October 28, 2023 at 9:51 am

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.”

monika on June 15, 2009 at 10:27 am

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

monika on June 15, 2009 at 10:12 am

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.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 31, 2005 at 11:43 pm

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.