Warwick Cinema

780 Post Road,
Warwick, RI 02886

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Previously operated by: Fox Eastern Theatres Corp.

Previous Names: Movies Warwick

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Warwick Cinema

Opened on March 18, 1964 with Don Murray in “One Man’s Way”. This was a plush first run, 1,000-seat single-screen theatre and the only movie theatre in Warwick at the time it opened. In 1965 it achieved a major coup (beating Providence’s Elmwood Theatre) when it became the Rhode Island theatre to show “The Sound of Music” in an exclusive 70mm run. It played here for over a year on a reserved-seat roadshow basis. Bus-loads of people came here from everywhere, school children, senior citizens, the whole citizenry of Little Rhody.

After that, the theatre went into slow decline, with some occasional high spots. Competition from the newer Warwick Mall Cinemas (now gone also) and other multiplexes affected the theatre. The Warwick Cinema eventually shut down and the building was razed in 1995. A shopping center is there now.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 54 comments)

thepassenger on January 22, 2007 at 11:20 am

I too grew up in Warwick, about a mile south of this theater. I went to Aldrich Junior High across the street and went to many movies here. In particular I remember the summer of ‘77 because it was between jr. high and high school for me, and also because Star Wars played at the Warwick Cinema. I was too young to have a job, but I had a paper route and an allowance, so a friend and I went to see it five or six times over the course of the summer months.

ngtowl on January 24, 2007 at 11:20 pm

It is nice to see people who grew up in my neck of the woods..just a great part of R.I.

nritota on December 19, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I remember Bill Quarters when I was managing theatres in RI. That name was a blast from the past. Most all the theatre people knew each other because we shared union projectionists from the same local.

Too many names to remember from both the management and union side of this business!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 8:09 am

Article in Boxoffice magazine, April 20, 1964, reporting on the opening of the Warwick Cinema of Post Road on March 19, 1964:
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ejones880 on July 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm

What year did this close? I know it was open until the late 80s. I remember going to many rare movies like midnight shows of the Three Stooges

marcberm on August 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

From what I can remember, the Warwick Cinema closed sometime between 1984 and 1989. It was most definitely closed and boarded up in 1990. Sometime in the early 90’s, my boy scout troop held a car wash at the McDonald’s in the plaza. A few of us wandered off to explore the building via the decomposing rear exit from the theater. The place, though ransacked, looked as though it had been closed for the night. Cups, popcorn buckets, straws and other trash littered the place. There were still items strewn around from the smashed glass candy case, and the sample popcorn buckets with prices on them were still lined up along the back of the counter. I took the large bucket with it’s little red plastic price numbers glued on, a few blank employee name tags, and a strip of connected tickets to a 1980’s showing of “Luther” (the 1973 version). We weren’t brave enough to venture upstairs to the storage, office or projection space. At one point the building was mostly gutted and a locked entry door installed through the boards over the front entrance. I can remember finding strips of degraded film on the ground outside in the years after it was gutted. I even remember watching as the building was being torn down. As the front of the building was peeled away, marquee letters organized in a rack on the upper level spilled out into the rubble. I saved a couple of random letters, though I never did anything with them. I’m pretty sure I lost all the taken objects when I moved out of my parent’s place. It’s amazing that the building existed until just under 20 years ago, and yet as vividly as I remember it, there are no pictures of the building to be found anywhere.

Coate on March 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Warwick Cinema. With a reserved-seat run of 86 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

Also, on a related note, I would like to mention my new 50th anniversary retrospective for “The Sound of Music” can be read here. It includes a film historian Q&A and a list of the film’s roadshow engagements. I hope fans of the movie and/or theater buffs enjoy the article.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Warwick Cinema years: 1964-1983. Razed 1995. The Sound of Music ran here for 86 weeks, 1965-1966 in 70mm.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 26, 2022 at 10:31 am

The theatre has been long-demolished. The shopping plaza where it was located now has a MacDonald’s, a Walmart, and a Citizens Bank.

rivest266 on June 7, 2024 at 5:22 pm

The Warwick Cinema first welcomed moviegoers on March 18th, 1964, under the management of Town & Country Theatres of Long Island, New York. However, the cinematic journey didn’t end there. On March 2nd, 1966, it was acquired by Fox Eastern Theatre, along with the entire T & C chain. Later, in July 1973, Mann Theatres took the reins. The inaugural film screened at the Warwick Cinema was “One Man’s Way

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