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narragansett park Check out a special screening on Monday evening of the Cox sports documentary, Narragansett Special: The Story of Narragansett Park. Echoes of the famous racetrack remain on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket — residents of a trailer park just south of Slater Park live on Seabiscuit Place and the oddly-shaped Building 19 is part of the old grandstand (amazing pix at Art In Ruins ).

Narragansett Special covers the track’s heyday – from its opening in 1934 up to the early 1960s. Horse racing royalty such as Seabiscuit and Whirlaway graced the grounds of Narragansett, and celebrities such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Rooney and Milton Berle often attended the races. The Cable Car will be showing a special extended screening with additional interviews and footage.

The documentary is available free at Cox On Demand, but why not celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the park with a theatrical viewing? Then rent The Sting in which the famous racetrack plays a key role. Good double feature. (Documentary trailer after the jump.)

$5, 9:30pm, Monday, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street


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