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The Rustic Tri-View Drive-In opened up in 1951 as the Rustic Drive-In via a single display via a capacity for 600 cars. In 1988, two more screens were included and also the name was changed to the Rustic Tri-View Drive-In. It has actually a capacity for 550 cars.

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It is listed as the last open up drive-in in Rhode Island also and is open seasonally April with September.




JonathanInRandolph on April 5, 2011 at 3:04 am

Theres a house thats virtually under among the screens on the street level. I wish i lived in that house. You can tune right into the movie on the stereo and also watch the movie in the backyard, lol


Archie1959 on July 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Just saw Rustic 1st time Saturday night. Got there ½ hour prior to showtime so parking spot was not good but better than some. Saw T3 UGH! and Captain America Bad ending. Did not think snack bar had huge selection. Place is cash only. Dissapointed in intermission. No dancing warm dogs or pushing of snack bar. Only coming attractivity of Mission Imfeasible & Spider Man. Easy to departure. My visit to Mendon Drive In last lear was a better expoerence.

SingleScreen on July 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm

In 1991, I caught a dual bill of FX2 and whatever STAR TREK film was released approximately that time. It was the first and only time I’ve been there.

MichaelKilgore on September 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

There’s a nice write-up about the Desmaris family and the Rustic in the Sept. 8, 1997 New York Times, still easily accessible virtual two decades later on. A real time capsule! It states Clem and also Beverly met while working there in 1954. They bought the Rustic in 1988, threw out the X-rated movies and included two screens.

The 1952 and also 1955-56 Theatre Catalogs list it with a capacity of 600 cars, run by M. Stanzler and Affiliated Ths. Corp.

The 1952-53 Motion Picture Almanac lists the owner as Rustic Drive-In, Inc. and also that capacity at 600. That stayed the same via at leastern its 1966 edition. In 1982, the owner was Hallmark (not the card firm, I hope!) and also capacity was 500, and also nothing adjusted via the MPAs" last drive-in list in 1988.

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MichaelKilgore on September 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Three excellent YouTube videos:

2008: a staycation postcard from The Herald News 2013: 10-minute Executive Suite TV intersee, with drive-in footage, of the folks who run the Rustic 2017: Very nice drone video consisting of what the front looks prefer at ground level

Gerald A. DeLuca on January 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm

My initially time here was through friends on June 26, 1961 to check out a twin bill of “The Apartment” and also Elmer Gantry.“ Pretty great regime.

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