Cable Car Cinema & Cafe

204 S. Main Street,
Providence, RI 02903

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Previous Names: Acoustic Cafe and microcinema

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Cable Car Cinema

Opened on October 20, 1976 with “Home Coming”. The Cable Car Cinema was known as a very comfortable place to see arthouse fare. It had couches and other comfy chairs to sit in. Before shows began, the theatre usually had performers (such as singers) on stage to entertain the audience. The Cable Car Cinema & Cafe was closed on May 27, 2018. They had moved their events into the Columbus Theatre.

In September 2019 it was announced that it would reopen as the Acoustic Cafe and Microcinema. It had closed by September 2022.

Contributed by Cathy Novick

Recent comments (view all 38 comments)

Chris1982 on November 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Opened on October 30, 1976.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 27, 2018 at 4:56 am

After 41 years of operation, the Cable Car Cinema is now set to close for good on May 27, 2018.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 8, 2018 at 10:21 am

My first visit to the Cable Car Cinema was on February 2, 1977, about three months after it had opened. I noted to myself: “A cold Groundhog’s Day. Tonight I saw "Le Secret” at a very cold Cable Car Cinema, the one with the couches, on South Main Street.“ (I remember that French film as being very good.)

davidcoppock on June 8, 2018 at 10:42 am

Is the cinema and cafe in a cable car?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 7, 2019 at 2:03 pm

The Cable Car Cinema has been closed for nine months!

davidcoppock on April 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm

Opened with “Homecoming”. Closed with “RBG”.

DavidZornig on April 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Their website is still up, and it appears they’ve moved their events to the Columbus Theater.

mp775 on September 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Reopening soon as Acoustic Cafe and Microcinema –

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 6, 2022 at 8:50 am

The Acoustic Java Café and Microcinema is permanently closed.

rivest266 on June 8, 2024 at 5:46 pm

Opened on October 20th, 1976. Grand opening ad posted.

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