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Summer Means Outdoor Movies!

If you grew up in Massachusetts during the 1950s and 60s, do you remember drive-in movie theaters?

In summer my Uncle Fred would pile a bunch of us – all bathed and in our summer PJs – into his station wagon and take us to the drive-in theater in Dedham, about where Legacy Place is today.

There was a big playground and a concession stand where he would buy us all Hoodsies – little cups of vanilla or chocolate ice cream you ate with a flat wooden spoon. And popcorn and hotdogs and anything we wanted. He would set up the movie speaker that was attached to a post at each car so we could sit on the car hood and watch the movie. You could also watch the movie on benches scattered around.  

Of course being a Massachusetts summer, there also were mosquitoes swooping down on us, but we’d been sprayed with chemicals I’d rather not think about now, so we got through the adventure keeping most of our blood.

Bless Uncle Fred for working a full day and then bringing a bunch of loud children out for a fun summer night, and staying awake and aware of where each child was at all times. I wonder if he knew that in addition to giving our mothers a break, he was helping us make memories we’d cherish.

Although most drive-in theaters are closed, there are still a few open. Let me know if there are others we should list!

The Mendon Drive-In – where you can hold parties, head to the snack bar and more. For more information click here

The Wellfleet Cinema – where you also can enjoy mini-golf, food, and visit Cape Cod’s biggest flea market. For details click here

The Mansfield Drive-In Theatre – which also has a fun flea market and food. Learn more here

And, there are lots of places in and around Boston where you can gather family and friends and enjoy free movies outdoors. Get your popcorn ready and click here for a full list.

Did you go to the drive-in where you grew up? If so, which one was your favorite?

XO Brenda

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