Drive-In Movie Theaters Near Boston for Kids' and Family Flicks
There are some family activities that seem to define summer: picking berries, spending a day at the beach, camping out, and, of course, watching a movie under the stars! While you could always catch an outdoor movie from a picnic blanket in a local park, taking in a drive-in movie from the comfort of the family truckster is a special treat.
Read on for everything you need to know about a family night at the drive-in, including our favorite drive-in theaters in the region and tips for enjoying your experience to the fullest. A few of them might be over an hour away, depending on where you live, but consider that a chance to pack pjs and send kids off to dreamland on the drive home.
Gran some snacks and fresh air at Judi's at Mendon Twin Drive-In.
Photo by cayootiepatootiebootie via Instagram
There's a playground at the Northfield Drive-In.
Milford is a bit closer than the Northfield theater, and recently updated with digital projection and Dolby sound. Expect all the favorite concession treats, plus 12 frappe flavors (from mint to tropical orange). There's a playground that closes when the movie begins, and double features after dark. 603-673-4090
Go on Wednesday and pay a flat rate for the carload in Mansfield, where there's a flea market in the lot by day on Sundays and movies every night in the summertime. There are double features playing on three screens at once, basic concessions (you can bring your own food, too), and a fun retro feel to the place.
Drive-In Movie Tips
1. Visit the theater's website and find out what the rules are before you go. Most drive-ins do not allow screen switching between features, glass containers, alcohol, or smoking (except in designated areas). Running your car or having your lights on during the movie is a big no-no, and bigger vehicles are usually expected to park in the back. Also, forget your Grease fantasy – people aren’t allowed to sit on their cars at the drive-in.
2. Be prepared to deal with people who don’t follow the rules. Whether you’re inside a movie theater or outside at a drive-in, there will always be inconsiderate people, so you may need to decide whether to speak up or just let it go.
3. Bring bug spray (lots of it), lawn chairs and blankets, drinks, a flashlight, and a Frisbee or a ball. Dress the kids in their pjs before you go.
4. Get there early to get a good spot and to enjoy the festive pre-movie community atmosphere. Find out where the bathroom is and plan your walking path before it gets dark.
5. Take the night off from cooking. Many drive-ins have really good food that goes well beyond the usual movie theater fare, and food sales help keep them afloat financially.
Post originally published August 2013
Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the drive-ins