What to know about drive-in movie theaters in Massachusetts

Movie listings, costs, reopening dates, and more information about drive-in movie theaters in Massachusetts.

Mendon, MA - 7/18/2015: Around 600 cars were present at the Mendon Twin drive-in on Saturday July 18, 2015. One of the two screens sold out. (Harrison Hill for The Boston Globe)
The Mendon Twin Drive-In in 2015. –Harrison Hill for The Boston Globe

While regular movie theaters in Massachusetts are now allowed to open during Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, all of them have kept their doors closed so far because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, drive-in theaters — both old and new — are stepping up to take their place.

The Mendon Drive-In had sellout crowds on opening weekend. And Route 1 dining destination Kowloon has added a drive-in theater to its parking lot. There are now as many pop-up drive-in theaters in the state as there are traditional drive-ins, and more pop-ups are coming soon, pending approval of local officials.

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Here’s everything you need to know about drive-in theaters in Massachusetts, including which movies they’re showing, when the drive-ins will open, and how much they cost.

Traditional Drive-In Theaters

Mendon Twin Drive-In
Distance from Boston: Approx. 1-hour drive (map)
Cost: $30 per car with up to six people, $6 per additional person
Movie showtimes (daily starting at 8:30 p.m. through Wednesday, July 22): “Grease” (PG) and “Dirty Dancing” (PG-13) double feature through July 19; “Beauty and the Beast” (PG) and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (PG) double feature through July 19; “The Wizard of Oz” (PG) and “Twister” (PG-13) double feature on July 20, 21, and 22; “Jurassic Park” (PG-13) and “Jaws” (PG) double feature on July 20, 21, and 22

Leicster Triple Drive-In
Distance from Boston: Approx. 1 hour drive (map)
Cost: $30 per carload
Movie Showtimes (through Saturday, Jul 18): “Beauty and the Beast” (PG) and “Iron Man” (PG-13).

Wellfleet Drive-In
Distance from Boston: Approx. 1 hour, 45-minute drive (map)
Cost: $13 GA (ages 12-61), $9 seniors (62+) and kids (ages 4-11), free for ages 3 and under
Movie showtimes (through Thursday, July 23): “Beauty and the Beast” (PG) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (PG-13) double feature starting at 8:20 p.m. July 18, 19, and 20; “Grease” (PG) and “Dirty Dancing” (PG-13) double feature starting at 8:10 p.m. on July 21, 22, and 23.

Northfield Drive-In
Distance from Boston: Approx. 1 hour, 45-minute drive (map)
Cost: Varies
Movie Showtimes (through Sunday, Aug. 9): “Knives Out” (PG-13) July 17, 18 and 19; “Grease” (PG) and “Jumanji: Next Level” (PG-13) July 24 and 26; “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (R) and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (PG-13) July 31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2; “I Still Believe” (PG) Aug. 7, 8, and 9

Pop-Up Drive-In Theaters

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City of Boston Pop-Up Drive-In
Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on July 15 (map); 121 Halleck St., Roxbury on July 22 and 29 (map)
Cost: Free
Movie Showtimes (Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.): “Frozen” (PG) and “Jurassic Park” (PG-13) on July 15; “Coco” (PG) on July 22; “Trolls” (PG) and “Harriet” (PG-13) on July 29

Kowloon Car Hop and Drive-In
Distance from Boston: Approx. 20-minute drive (map)
Cost: $20 per car
Movie Showtimes: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (PG) on July 21

Marshfield Pop-Up Drive-In
Distance from Boston: Approx. 40-minute drive (map)
Cost: $27 per car with up to six people, $6 per additional person
Movie Showtimes (daily at sunset through Sunday, July 19): “Grease” (PG) on July 17; “Trolls: World Tour” on July 18; “Jaws” (PG) on July 19.

Martha’s Vineyard Summer Film Festival
Distance from Boston: Approx. 3 hours with ferry (map)
Cost: Pay what you can
Movie Showtimes (starting at 8 or 8:15 p.m.): “The Muppet Movie” (PG) July 17; “Get Out” (R) July 18; “Expecting Amy” (NR) July 22; “The King of Staten Island” (R) July 23; “Moana” (PG) July 24; “Irresistible” (R) July 25.

Suffolk Downs Pop-Up Drive-In
Location: Suffolk Downs (map)
Cost: $15 per vehicle
Movie Showtimes (Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.): “Field of Dreams” (PG) July 23.

Topsfield Fair Drive-In
Distance from Boston: Approx. 40-minute drive (map)
Cost: $27 per car with up to six people, $6 per additional person
Movie Showtimes (daily at 8:45 p.m. through Wednesday, July 22): “Beauty and the Beast” (PG) on July 17 and 18; “Jaws” (PG) on July 19 and 21; “E.T.” (PG) on July 20 and 22

The Trustees Pop-Up Drive-In, Plymouth
Distance from Boston: Approx. 1-hour drive (map)
Cost: $25 per vehicle for Trustees members, $30 nonmembers
Movie Showtimes (Fridays at 8:30 p.m.): “The Goonies” (PG) July 17; “Mrs. Doubtfire” (PG-13) July 24; “Big” (PG) July 31; “Finding Nemo” (G) Aug. 7.

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