Cumberland Cinemas

2170 Mendon Road,
Cumberland, RI 02864

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinema

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Cumberland Cinemas

The Cumberland Cinemas started out as a Jerry Lewis Cinema in the late-1960’s or so, and had a second run policy for about two decades.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on November 28, 2004 at 12:34 pm

This was still the Jerry Lewis Cinema when I saw “Gimme Shelter” here in November of 1971.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on December 1, 2004 at 9:41 am

…but was the Cumberland Twin when I saw “Bite the Bullet” in 1975.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on July 14, 2005 at 1:04 am

And Hammersmith is Out as the Jerry Lewis Cinema, Cumberland, on January25, 1973.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on July 16, 2005 at 9:06 am

This is now a Douglas Wine and Spirits superstore. The interior is, of course, gutted. The exterior of the building is pretty much intact, including the marquee, which is used to promote liquor specials, and the external ticket booth protuberance is still evident. The place could be called Cumberland Alcohol Cinemas.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 21, 2005 at 12:20 pm

Here is a photo of said liquor store, formerly the Cumberland Cinemas.

SingleScreen on October 2, 2006 at 12:47 pm

This was a sad closing, since it was Cumberland’s only cinema. I cannot count how many times I went there. Many screenings I attended there included a triple-bill of MARK OF THE VAMPIRE with THE MASK OF FU MANCHU with DR. JEKYL AND MR. HYDE, SUSPIRIA, CREEPERS, THE DRAGON DIES HARD, GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER, a double bill of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE plus ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE, THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER, and so many more. I cannot recall the last time I went there, but it was either CREEPERS or THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

mp775 on January 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

For what it’s worth, the liquor store is now known as Mendon Wines & More. They still use the marquee to advertise.

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