Cranston Drive-In

1400 Oaklawn Avenue,
Cranston, RI 02920

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Previously operated by: Affiliated Theatres

Previous Names: Cranston Auto Drive-In

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Cranston Drive-In

The Cranston Auto Drive-In opened by the Columbia Amusement Co. on August 28, 1948. It was still operating under this name in 1957. It became the Cranston Drive-In which closed in 1979.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 8, 2005 at 1:05 am

3-D Movie at Drive-In Provides Police with 4-D Traffic Tieup
That was the headline of a Providence Journal newspaper article on July 13, 1953 reporting that the showing of a 3-D movie at this drive-in the night before combined with volumes of traffic returning from the R.I. beaches had caused a monumental traffic snarl in the area. The movie was Fort Ti which played with the 3-D short Spooks, featuring the 3 Stooges.

Partymonster on May 19, 2006 at 8:15 am

I spent many a summre’s evening as a boy with my family at this long-ago delight. Every year when they closed, they would post on their sign; “Had to close before we froze. See you when the crocus grows."
Bill Gannon

RJT70mm on July 11, 2007 at 11:04 am

I believe this drive in installed 70mm in the early sixties. National Theatre Supply ran an ad in the tradepapers for their Ventarc blown arc lamp with a picture of the booth. They also had Norelco DP70’s. The screen size was given as 114 ft.

RJT70mm on July 13, 2007 at 9:48 am

I just rechecked the ad and screen size was given as 50'x122' and a projected pcture of 47'x118' at a 240' throw. Light readings were 6 fl. for 35mm and 8 fl. for 70mm.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm

The Cranston Drive-In was equipped with 3-D projection capability in 1953, with the first offering being “Man in the Dark” per an item in Boxoffice mahgazine, July 4, 1953.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 30, 2010 at 2:55 am

Cranston Drive-In sues gas station for removal of annoying blinker sign,
item in Boxoffice magazine, August 5, 1950:
View link

ejones880 on July 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

What year did it close? I remember going their in 1979

Bill on March 30, 2016 at 10:45 am

When they closed for the winter, the marquee read;
“Had to close
Before we froze
See you when
The crocus grows

davidcoppock on May 31, 2018 at 2:03 am

The site is now a shopping centre(Marshalls Plaza).

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