East Providence Cinemas

60 Newport Avenue,
East Providence, RI 02916

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rivest266 on June 9, 2024 at 12:42 pm

reopened on July 23rd, 1993 by Entertainment Cinemas as the East Providence 1-10. Ad posted.

rivest266 on June 7, 2024 at 4:16 pm

the third screen opened on June 28th, 1967. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on June 7, 2024 at 3:59 pm

The first two screens opened on January 12th, 1966. Grand opening ad posted.

TCooper on March 14, 2022 at 9:31 am

Worked there in the mid 80’s when it was The Four Seasons Cinemas. They had an arcade to the left that was always busy.

MSC77 on January 19, 2022 at 12:54 pm

Does anyone have a more precise ownership timeline than what is given in the overview (and elsewhere online)? In particular, when did Esquire last own it, and in what year did it get renovated into its 10-screen configuration?

mp775 on December 3, 2020 at 5:49 am

Demolished this week - https://www.golocalprov.com/news/photo-end-of-an-era-east-providence-cinemas-demolished?fbclid=IwAR1ujtlT2FPg4H1CTYMlo6iLx_IYNPMHOHYpGph3E9OrboRQ4lTIM2-2RYs

mp775 on August 26, 2020 at 5:10 pm

The building is fenced off with DEMO spray painted on the front.

mp775 on February 22, 2020 at 4:50 pm

Apparently they haven’t reopened, and the theater is now boarded up and padlocked. https://www.golocalprov.com/news/east-providence-cinemas-boarded-up-and-padlocked?fbclid=IwAR1EmST3XSHfrHk0-XNMdQy5n0Yj3fLCTKUfmuXo3qRRfR-oo8X7scYA1EQ

mp775 on January 21, 2020 at 12:35 pm

The theater was shut down Saturday by the City when the $9,250 check to renew their licenses bounced. They reopened today after paying with a cashier’s check.


DocWatson on June 12, 2019 at 11:50 pm

I just saw Shazam! and Long Shot there tonight (Wednesday); tickets were $3.00, plus a small popcorn was free with each one (a special; weekly I believe). While it’s obviously seen better days, it’s clean and in decent shape (barring a bloc of about four seats missing from one of the theaters). Posters for movies from the past few years are still up, plus a more-than-life-sized cardboard cutout for 2016’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War by the entrance. Note that it’s set back from the main road, Newport Avenue, behind other buildings and off a side street (Narragansett Park Drive), though the marquee is on Newport.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 11, 2018 at 5:37 pm

The Four Seasons Cinemas were a fourplex being operated by Esquire Theaters of America in 1970, when the January 26 issue of Boxoffice reported that cinemas 5 and 6 were then under construction, slated for a March 5 opening date.

Esquire had two other projects underway; a second screen for the Paris Cinema in Providence, and a two-screen house for Boston, which ended up being the single screen Garden Theatre. The architect for the Garden was Burt W. Federman, and it seems likely that Esquire would have chosen the same architect for its other projects. Federman designed or remodeled theaters totaling over 1,000 screens between 1966 and 1983, according to a 1983 article in The New York Times.

mattgorman on January 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Theater as of 1/17/2016, tickets are 3 dollars, 2 dollars Tuesdays and Thursdays, has digital projection and sound.

rkq on December 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

On a recent drive passing by I noticed after years, they fixed up the onstreet signage and bought new letters so they could complete the movie titles now. I was surprized because they are second run, they have 10 screens and the use of film is just about over with. Wondering what is in the plans with digital conversion. There’s no way they could convert 10 screens charging $2 a ticket.

James Fisher
James Fisher on July 6, 2011 at 2:43 am

Well my frined another theatre i relate to the four seasons i do rememebr larry as a manager along with Mr Joe Jarvis whom later in the eairly 80’s left to open jane picken in newport,, this was a nice looking theatre with the shandaler hanging in the bay window i might even have some picture of this place in the late 70’s/ eairly 80’s first run house i used to compete against for the union to get better picture faster

usual on December 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm

This is the same company that owned the one in Smithfield at the apple valley mall. They couldn’t pay the rent, the future for this company looks bleak.

usual on July 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Wrong – Prices rise .50 – still pretty cheap

usual on June 29, 2010 at 8:54 am

It appears the new owners are keeping the same price policy for now

usual on June 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm

This cinema is now operated by cinema holdings group www.cinemaholdings.com Owned by Ben & Peter Kafash. They also own the Apple Valley Cinemas and two others in Florida.

lebugg on July 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Not a great movie going experience. While they had the surround speakers along the walls of the auditorium (screen #5), The sound only came from behind the screen. That in itself would not bother me too much as admission is only $2, but the projected image was way too dim and unfocused. To make matters worse; The Exit sign seemed overly bright and cast a red glow across about a third of the movie screen, Further washing out the image.

jcholmes on May 3, 2008 at 5:54 pm

I was employed at this site after Patriot took it over from Hoyts. The Sr. Leadership team did a great job in converting it over, and although may not appear it, many repairs needed to be made. As a former Area Director at Hoyts, I can tell you maintaining facilities was not a high priority – just building them (one reason they went bankrupt). In the two years I was at the East Providence cinema, the Sr. Leadership of the company was consistently customer focused – they wanted lower costs, so they could keep the cost to the customers low. The projectors are the same make and model of the pre-90’s theatres of most major chains and features surround sound in a few of the Auditoriums, so the picture and sound quality is similar to many first run houses. Definitly the best deal going for seeing movies in RI or SE MA.

JMLJ on January 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm

My father (Larry Johnson) managed the Four Seasons throughout most of the mid 70’s into early 80’s when it went to a second-run house. By then it had four screens, all decent size. The exterior looked far better than it does today. I’ll see if I have photos. In late 70’s they split 3 screens in half and added a game room. In my opinion that was the end of it being a decent place.

My dad also created much of the newspaper advertising for this and related Rhode Island theaters and drive-ins throughout the 70’s (including the one posted earlier here by Gerald DeLuca (do we know each other?).

melbedewy on February 13, 2007 at 1:42 pm

To follow up to my previous post I saw “The Departed” today. The Theater held over 200, the seats were comfortable and the sound was great. Popcorn is reasonable and good. The outside is more pleasing on the eye than the photo suggests. For a buck on Tuesday definitely worth a try.

melbedewy on February 10, 2007 at 9:17 am

Don’t knock this place. $1.00 admission every “Super Tuesday”. Even at night.

mp775 on December 7, 2006 at 9:23 am

This theater never operated under the Showcase name. As the Four Seasons, it was painted white, and it had multi-colored signage on the building façade, which made it look a million times better than the gray bunker that it is now.