Cable Car Cinema closing doors for good


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Cable Car Cinema in Providence closed its doors for the final time Sunday night after showing one last film in the iconic theater.

A 9 p.m. showing of RBG, a documentary on the extraordinary life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will be the last film to grace its big screen.

Eyewitness News initially reported the closure in April, owners Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian announced the decision in a Facebook post.

In it they cited several factors including, “the changing nature of film exhibition, the changing habits of media consumption, and the fact that we do not own our building.”

According to a spokesperson for the Rhode Island School of Design, which owns the South Main Street building, Cable Car’s current 10-year lease was set to expire in September of this year.

The Cable Car Cinema started showing films in the mid-1970s.  Current owners Kamil and Steffian, a husband-and-wife team, bought the theater in 2008.

The couple said it hasn’t ruled out the possibility of the Cable Car re-emerging in a different form.

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