A Dozen (Or So) Drive-Ins To Visit This Week
Pop-up theaters join longtime favorites to offer film fun on warm summer nights
Drive-in movies – perfect during this time of year – have popped up as a safe, entertaining way to get out of the house and catch a film. From permanent, seasonal drive-ins frequented by generations of Granite Staters, to pop-up screens appearing in parking lots around the state, there are a number of options. Here are 13 drive-in theater experiences you can visit:
Milford Drive-In Theater
This longtime favorite is open seven days a week. Recent features have included “Inside Out” and “The Secret Life of Pets;”and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” followed by “The Big Lebowski.” As with most things, there are protective measures in place. Patrons are asked to wear masks at the box office, when using the restrooms and when picking up food at the concession, which is available via take-out/pick-up window only; the drive-in is operating at half capacity, and only one car can park between two poles – ensuring 10 feet of space on each side. For a full list of COVID-19 precautions, visit Milford Drive-In Theater.
$30 per car.
531 Elm St., Milford, N.H.
Celebrating its 72nd year, the Northfield Drive-In stands as just one of 20 drive-in theaters left in New England. The original screen was destroyed by a hurricane in 1951, but the rebuilt screen still stands today at a rather large 80 by 54 feet. The Northfield Drive-In straddles the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border, and holds the distinction of appearing in the film, “The Cider House Rules,” where three scenes were shot on Halloween day, 1998. Northfield screens films every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Gates and snack bar open at 6:30 p.m.
$12 for adults – children under 12 are $7. Add a dollar for triple-features.
981 Northfield Road, Hinsdale, N.H.
Weirs Drive-In Theater
Recent films screening at this Lakes Region destination range from a Harry Potter double feature to “The Tax Collector” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Weirs Drive-In transitions to weekends after Labor Day, and then closes for the season in October. Virus precautions include requests that customers wear masks when outside their cars; vehicles park in every-other space; and the snack bar is no longer self-service – staff will serve you.
Cars up to four people are $28 and $6 for each additional person. Children under 4 are free.
76 Endicott St. East, Laconia, N.H.
Drive. Dine. Rewind.
Epping and Rochester, NH
The O’Neil Cinemas in Epping and Rochester have converted their parking lots into drive-in theaters. The lots opens at 6:30 p.m. and movies start at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Patrons can take advantage of concessions – expect hot food, combos, popcorn, drinks and candy, which can be pre-ordered. When you arrive, head to the concession tent or grill tent to pick up your order.
$30 per car.
The Ridge is located at 120 Marketplace Boulevard, Rochester.
Brickyard Square is located at 24 Calef Highway, Epping.
BarnZ’s Pop Up Drive-In
The lot opens at 7:30 p.m. Arrive, check-in at the reservation tent, and take advantage of the full concessions menu until movie time at 9 p.m. Patrons can sit in front of their vehicle and masks must be worn in the building. Recent showings include “The Bourne Identity” and “Jurassic Park.”
586 Calef Highway, No. 1, Barrington, N.H.
Friday movie night kicks off at the end of this week, Aug. 14, with a showing of the short film “Rocketship,” by local filmmaker Alfred Catalfo, followed by “Shrek.” Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
Each $10 ticket admits one vehicle with up to 8 passengers. Each ticket gets the vehicle two parking spaces; one space for the vehicle, and one space for chairs, blankets, etc., giving you the option to enjoy the show outdoors while staying socially distanced.
St. John’s United Methodist Church
28 Cataract Avenue, Dover, N.H.
Friday Night Flicks – Drive-In Movie Series
$15 gets your car in front of the screen at Exeter High School along with some light food or snacks. Contact Exeter Parks and Registration to reserve your spot: (603) 773-6151. Don’t miss “Harry & The Hendersons” on August 14.
Exeter High School
1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, N.H.
For just $10, you can pull your car into a socially-distanced spot that includes room for lawn chairs. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. The Pink House will be on-site for ice cream. Limited space is available.
1488 Wakefield Road, Sanbornville, N.H.
Movie Screen on the Green
Lebanon Parks and Recreation is hosting movies every Friday night at Colburn Park.
51 North Park St., Lebanon, N.H.
Movie Night in the Park
Merrimack Parks and Recreation closes out its summer on Sept. 5 with the final free movie night of the season and a showing of “Frozen 2.” Movie night, open to residents and non-residents alike, is held at Wasserman Park on the baseball field next to the tennis courts.
116 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH.
The Lost Summer Drive-In Movie Series
The Prescott Park Arts Festival’s “Lost Summer” Drive-in Movie Series is offering the drive-in experience at two locations: on Monday nights at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital at Pease International Tradeport and Friday and Saturday nights at the lot shared by the Blue Mermaid and Tributary Brewing Company, just over the border in Kittery, Maine. Don’t miss “Dazed and Confused” and “Caddyshack”, happening August 14 and 15, respectively.
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital at Pease International Tradeport, 73 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, N.H.
Blue Mermaid and Tributary Brewing Company, 10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, Maine.
Prescott Park: (603) 486-2848