Drive-ins will never lose their charm. There’s nothing like cozying up on a perfect summer night, in the back of the fam’s (or bae’s) Chevy, with a perfect view of the big screen, in a perfect spot under the stars. Although drive-ins have certainly decreased in popularity over the last several decades, the magic of the outdoor movie experience is positively unparalleled. So, to make sure the magic never dies, IM Boston has put together a list of the top 5 drive-ins in New England that you have to add to your summer itinerary ASAP.
35 Milford St, Mendon, MA 01756
If you’re familiar with drive-ins in New England (or specifically MA), there’s a good chance you already know of the Mendon drive-in, and all its awesomeness. In addition to two large screens, the Mendon drive-in theatre has a beer garden (complete with seating that allows you to watch and hear screen One), and quite the reputable snack/food bar. Between great food and retro vibes, the Mendon drive-in is sure to provide you with the ultimate drive-in experience.
$27/car (over 6 people – $5/person)
Sun-Thu: 7:00 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 6:00 p.m.
1195 Eddie Dowling Highway, Route 146 South, North Smithfield, RI 02896
The Rustic Tri View in Rhode Island is another drive-in that is not to be missed this summer. The outdoor theatre has THREE big screens across its property that run feature films every night, if not taking part in a special event. Oh, and we’re giving this theatre bonus points for allowing (leashed) pups—yay for whole family outings!
Sun-Thu: 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
51 US-6, Wellfleet, MA 02667
*Boston residents take note: this drive-in is the closest one to ya! Be sure to set aside a summer night to check out the Wellfleet Drive-in theatre—the last standing drive-in on the Cape. With one giant screen showing feature films all summer long, the Wellfleet Drive-In will make for the perfect intimate outdoor theatre experience. If however, you’re not looking for intimacy (drive-ins are also fun for families, after all), Wellfleet also has a playground, and minigolf; fun for all!
Adults age 12-61: $11.00
Seniors 62+: $8.00
Children 4-11: $8.00
Children 3 & under: Free (at the Drive-in Only)
Vary according to showtimes; can be found on their website
***THIS DRIVE-IN THEATRE IS CASH ONLY***
228 Stafford Rd, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
The Mansfield Drive-In Theatre and Marketplace is Connecticut’s only THREE-screen drive-in threatre- a.k.a. a must-visit. And, in addition to its double feature-films, the Mansfield complex is also well-known for its extensive marketplace (eastern Connecticut’s largest flea market—open every Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Online At the gate
Adults (12+) $9.99 $11.00
Child (4-11) $6.99 $8.00
Senior (65+) $6.99 $8.00
Military (w/ID) $6.99 $8.00
Wednesday $19.98 $22.00 (Car Load Night)
Vary according to showtimes; can be viewed on their website
7 River Rd, Barkhamsted, CT 06063
The Pleasant Valley Drive-In is the theatre with a story; in 2014, the family-owned establishment was almost driven to extinction by the necessary, but initial unattainability of insanely expensive computerized film-projectors (a huge shift from reel-to reel projectors). But, thanks to the locals, and truly nothing short of a miracle, a fundraiser yielded just enough for a downpayment on the necessary technology; Pleasant Valley was saved!
So, if you’re in the area, or just looking for especially homey drive-ins in New England, a trip to the Pleasant Valley Drive-In is an absolute must. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to experience this theatre’s magic under the summer stars.
- Admission: $10 per person 13 and up
- Admission: $5 per child ages 6 – 12
- Admission: Free ages 5 and under
- Thursday night is Carload Night: $20
- Gates open and tickets are sold at 6:30 p.m.