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10 classic drive-in theaters worth the detour

By: Matt Hickman on July 26, 2013, 11:42 a.m.
Northfield Drive-In, Hinsdale, N.H.

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Northfield Drive-In, Hinsdale, N.H.

Now this is interesting: Although the street address of the single-screen Northfield Drive-In is firmly in New Hampshire, the property also bleeds into Massachusetts, making it the only drive-in theater to straddle two states (Vermont is also in the very near vicinity). Prominently featured in the 1999 historical tearjerker “The Cider House Rules,” the Northfield Drive-In may also be the only place in any state where you can see two movies and scarf a pound of French fries for under 15 bucks.

New England plays a storied role in the history of the drive-in theater, particularly Massachusetts, which was home to several of the very first drive-ins (the first was the Weymouth Drive-In, opened in 1936). By the late 1950s, the state boasted nearly 90 outdoor theater establishments according to Today, only four remain including the state-straddling Northfield, which opened in 1948.