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where was this place located in taunton?
I could be mistaken but i think i recall seeing the back of the screen right along the side of 93 south. I think the words “Neponset Drive In” was in neon lights on the back of the screen. I also think if u drove 93 north and you run into the screen u can view it easily as u drive by. Is this accurate info.? or am i just picturing this?
Yes Ron, that was definately in August 86 when i was there. They must of closed it for good at seasons end.
Theres a house thats practically under one of the screens on the street level. I wish i lived in that house. You can tune into the movie on the stereo and watch the movie in the backyard, lol
what years were those pics??
Heres what i rememebr about the Westgate Cinema:
1) I snuck in all the time, i saw Purple Rain in the summer of 84 so many times that i ended up knowing the script by heart.
2)Sneaking in the movies in the early 80’s was easy. U just stayed in the bathroom until the next crowd comes in and then u blend in with them.
3) The bigger auditoriums echoed in the front row
4) In the front part where the 4 cinemas are located, there was a hallway behind the concession stand that lead from the 2 theatres on
the left to the 2 theatres on the right.
5) I always played Dig Dug, Donkey Kong and Asteroids there.
6) When u see a guy with a flashlight in the theatre, that meant something was up.
7) Throwing candy from the back row to the crowd in the dark was fun.
8) The introduction of the GCC on the screen looked like something i cant post on here, try to figure it out when the 2 C’s would rotate in a circle and the G was in the middle of the 2 C’s, and i remember
the music very well.
9) General Admission in the esrly 80’s was $2.50, and $5 after 6pm.
the Sack Cinema building is still there and vacant, the Foxy Lady thats there, is in a spot that has nothing to do with the Sack Cinema building.
Theres no K mart at the westage mall,, what have u been smoking?? LOL
The Westage Mall is still there, the Cinema is gone and the mall has been renovated and they have better stores in there now than they did back in the day.
Some of the stores in the mall include Best Buy, Macy’s & Old Navy
I remember going to this cinema all the time in the summer of 83 and all through 84 and 85. I used to go there with a bunch of friends and we used to play the video games that were in the front and in the back of the cinema. I grew up in Brockton so the cinema was the place to go for kids like us back then.
I was 9 in 1983 and i used to tag along with my brother and other kids we always hung with. My brother used to play Asteroids and Dig Dug and even Donkey Kong. My brother knew one of the managers there and he would give my brother free credits to the games and even let
us get in for free.
My thing was sneaking in the theatres. In 1984 me and 2 of my friends saw the movie “Purple Rain” during that summer and we saw it so many times we ended up knowing the lines and talked with the
movie. That cinema was memorable. The bigger auditoriums had an echo
and i remember one of the screen auditoriums was set back and we
could actually walk up on a ramp that was attacthed to the wall and
walk up to the screen , but we never did that because we werent
We always snuck in and saw “Purple Rain”, “Indiana Jones & The
Temple of Doom” during the summer of 84. I biggest thing was in May of 1983 when “The Return of the Jedi” came out, that cinema was packed and i rememeber wondering why so many people were cheering during that film when Darth Vader killed the Emperor, but i do know now.
That cinema had many memories for me and my friends and i will never forget that place. I still see the lobbies and the auditoriums in my head and thats the only pictures that are left to cherish.
The Sack Cinema next to the then Cardinal Cushing Hospital is still closed and the biulding is still empty.
When i was 12, i went to the Drive-In in Braintree on a Sunday in August of 1986. It was believed to be one of the last runs that the drive in showed movies. Earlier that day there was a flea market held there and i was there with 2 friends and their uncle. I was asked if i wanted to come back that night to watch a movie and i said sure.
That night we saw 2 movies , “The Money Pit” & “Legal Eagles”. We watched it on the screen that still stands now. On the other screen thats no longer standing, the film “Ruthless People” was shown. Sadly the food there wasnt too good. The pizza was cold, the popcorn was stale and the soda was flat.
The screen that still stands has a piece missing that has fallen off. Theres decay forming with rust and small trees are growing in front of it. Back in the day , if you drive by the drive in, the screen that is still standing is clearly visible and you could catch about 10 seconds of whatever was shown as you drive towards Boston.