Weymouth Drive-In

729 Bridge Street,
Weymouth, MA 02191

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Opened in 1936, the Weymouth Drive-In Theatre was one of the first in America. It was located on the west side of Bridge Street (State Route 3A) just north of the bridge to Hingham. It drew patronage from Weymouth, Hingham and Quincy and lasted until about 1960. After demolition, a mall anchored by a K-Mart occupied the property; this was later demolished for a new mall anchored by a Lowes Home Improvement store.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

The poster described above dates from 1938.

wmu81
wmu81 on January 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

When it changed to 2 screens it was completely rebuilt and re-oriented. You can see the changes on HistoricalAerials.com from 1955 to 1969.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on March 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

Went to the Weymouth Drive-in many times coming up th 11 miles from Scituate. Yes it was the 5th Drive-in in the U.S. It was twinned in the early 60’s after the 1st screen blew down in a hurricane. Went with my family to see Jack Webbs Dragnet and there was a huge thunderstorm and the power went out i the whole area. Were issued rainchecks. Went to Woodstock there in 1970 with my soon tobe wife. I believe it closed shortly after that when they built a SMALL mall anchored by K-Mart and a Cinema complea and Purity Supreme supermarket.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on April 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

The Weymouth Drive-in was never triplexed.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 21, 2012 at 7:58 am

The Archives section of Aug.20 Quincy Patriot-Ledger reproduced an ad for the Weymouth Drive-In from August 1937. The ad copy says “Sit in your Car – See and Hear the Movies! New England’s Only open air auto theatre” (I don’t know how accurate that claim was.) Below that it says: “Drive-In Theatre Weymouth. Continous Nightly, rain/shine. Last Show 10PM” Movie playing was “Here Comes Carter”. Located on “South Shore Route 3A to Nantasket”.

broadwayal
broadwayal on January 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

my dad and another gentleman built the drive-in. I can’t remember his name but my father sold his half to this man. When I was a kid my dad built another with his lawyer (Sy Queen) in Clinton Ma. In Weymouth the surrounding neighbors complained about the loud speakers used for the sound. Of course this was before the in car speakers. Also I have an interesting story about the man that asked Joe if it would be all right for him to sell food from a cart. Joe’s response was ok but you can’t bother the customers. The cart would have to remain stationary. As it turned out food service became the real profit of Drive-Ins. I refer to my dad’s partner as Joe because I think his name was Joe Dimambro.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

Have any pictures to share broadwayal?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Go to the photos tab and click on it. That will bring up all the photos for the theatre. At the bottom it will say add new photo. Click on that and a box will come up. Click browse and find your photo on your computer and open it up. It should be in box. Add comment and click upload. If you mess it up you can delete it at the bottom of the page and start over.

broadwayal
broadwayal on January 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

In my earlier comments I referred to a gentleman as J. Dimambro as my dads partner. I just came across a website mentioning the owners of the Weymouth Drive-In in a law suit. They were Tom DiMaura and James Guarino. I think my father was smart enough to get out before these issues hit the fan. http://www.umich.edu/~drivein/theater_02.html

Buzz
Buzz on February 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

The name of the person who built the Drive in with your father was Joe Buschini. He built a couple more for Richard Hollingshead after Weymouth.

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