Northfield Drive-In

981 Northfield Road,
Hinsdale, NH 03451

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Northfield Drive-In

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The Northfield Drive-In Theater is located in this most northern point of Western Massachusetts. Actually, half is located in Massachusetts and half in New Hampshire. During the Spring, Summer and early Fall seasons this theater exhibits first run double features. This is unique, since most drive-ins ran second run fare even during their heydays of the 1950’s and 1960’s. This is truly a treasure continuing the drive-in theater enjoyment of the past.

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MagicLantern
MagicLantern on May 15, 2006 at 5:41 pm

This drive-in appeared in the film “The Cider House Rules”.

tallboyyyy
tallboyyyy on September 11, 2008 at 1:24 am

The theater is actually ½ in Northfield MA and ½ in Hinsdale, NH. Not Vermont.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

Seems like it is two different states,Property Taxes must be a pain the rear.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm

When the Northfield Drive-In opened this year they opened with digital projection. Read more on their website.

Archie1959
Archie1959 on July 22, 2016 at 9:01 am

The DI had a break in 7-19-16. Here are the details of the break in and what was stolen.http://www.recorder.com/Northfield-Drive-In-looking-for-candy-thieves-3582419

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on October 4, 2017 at 11:15 am

I had always read that the Northfield straddled the border, but Google Maps shows the entire view field, screen and driveway on the NH side. Maybe the total acreage stretches into MA? Or Google Maps' border is wrong.

In the Theatre Catalogs, the Northfield first appeared in the 1949-50 edition as the Auto Th (later Auto DI) in Northfield MA, owner C. (Carl) Nilman, capacity 300, and it stayed like that through 1956.

The 1952-53 Motion Picture Almanac also listed “Drive-In” in Northfield MA, C. Nilman, 300. For the 1955 edition, it changed to the Auto Drive-In, keeping everything else, and stayed that way through 1966.

The 1969-76 MPAs listed the Northfield Community in Northfield MA, capacity 400.

The 1982-88 MPAs listed the Northfield Drive In in Winchester NH, owned by Shakour, capacity 220. (The drive-in is closer to Winchester than Hinsdale as the crow flies, though the drive is a little longer.)

The drive-in’s history page says the Shakour family bought it in 1967, and that Mitchell Shakour is the current owner. And I wrote in 2014 that the Northfield ended its season that year with a wedding.

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