Rustic Drive-In Now Open

Summery weather is on tap for this weekend — time for a trip to the drive-in! And since we no longer have a drive-in here in the city, we are going to send you up Route 146 to the Rustic Tri-View who will be celebrating 72 years in business this year. Three screens show different double-features, all starting around dusk. They will be adding Wednesday and Thursday to the operating schedule starting on the 19th. Wednesday is ‘Customer Appreciation Day’ with lower ticket prices.

Movies this weekend:

Screen One: Inside Out 2 & Garfield Movie.

Screen Two: The Watchers & The Strangers Chapter 1.

Screen Three: Bad Boys Ride And Die & Civil War.

Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time. When parking in the lot you will be placed according to your vehicle size; purchasing the correct ticket is important. See guidelines below:

  • If you have a car and will be sitting inside or outside your vehicle you will purchase the CARS ticket.
  • If you have a car with a hatchback and plan on sitting in the rear with hatch open you will purchase the SUV ticket.
  • All small or large SUV’s and trucks will purchase the SUV ticket.

Both ticket types are found under the movie you choose. More at Facebook.

Food for sale: pizza, cheeseburgers, jalapeno poppers, deep fried Oreos, popcorn, candy, etc. (Or you can pack celery sticks and apple slices . . . yeah right.)

The ProJo recently ran a look back to the heyday of drive-in theaters around the state. Here in Providence it was all about the Shipyard Drive-In, capacity 1,700 cars, in an area now occupied by Save the Bay and Johnson & Wales. From Cinema Treasures:

The Shipyard Drive-In opened on July 31, 1957 with Percy Kilbride and Marjorie Main in “Ma and Pa Kettle on Old McDonalds Farm” & Debbie Reynolds in “Tammy and the Bachelor.”

Starts 8:50pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 14, 15, 16 & 13, Rustic Tri-View, 1195 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, (directions)

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