Weymouth Drive-In

729 Bridge Street,
Weymouth, MA 02191

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Buzz on February 23, 2013 at 11:06 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.

broadwayal on January 12, 2013 at 7:25 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

broadwayal on January 12, 2013 at 11:01 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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 21, 2012 at 10:58 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”.

dickneeds111 on April 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

The Weymouth Drive-in was never triplexed.

dickneeds111 on March 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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.

wmu81 on January 4, 2012 at 11:59 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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

The poster described above dates from 1938.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

There is a poster or ad for the Weymouth Drive-In reproduced in the Arcadia Images of America book “Weymouth” by Sullivan & Tighe, 2001.The copy says “Elderly, invalids, fat people and tall people may enjoy the show in comfort and privacy without leaving their cars. Bring the family and even household pets if you wish!” Admission 35 cents per person, kids under 10 free, No Charge for Car". Last show at 1030PM, enter or leave any time. The authors write that it opened on May 28, 1936. There were 6 uniformed concession boys who went around to the cars with baskets of refreshments. It had electric heaters for the winter. They say that in 1965 it went from 8 acres to 22 acres when 2 screens were added. Closed in 1976. We know they added one screen, not sure about 2.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

In 1956 it was owned by AMERICAN THEATRES.

NYozoner on February 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

729 Bridge St, Weymouth, MA 02191

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is currently occupied by a Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

Here is a 1971 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

By 1969, this drive-in operated with two screens.

The introduction should be corrected to show an opening year of 1936.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

The Quincy Patriot Ledger of Aug. 16 has an article “A Reel Fun Time” about “open air movies” run during the summer in Weymouth, Hingham and Hull which mentions local drive-ins of the past. It says that the Weymouth Drive-In opened in 1936 and closed in the 1960s.

William on May 3, 2006 at 10:31 am

The Weymouth Drive-In had a car capacity of 600 cars.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 3, 2006 at 8:29 am

What you say is certainly possible. I didn’t patronize it, so I did not keep track of what was happening there. Donald King told me several times that it was one of the very first pioneer Drive-Ins.

mb848 on April 17, 2006 at 1:44 pm

Ron, I read somewhere that this theater was around until 1975, and had a second screen installed at some point to make it a twin. I do know that the mall that was constructed at the site, the Harborlight Mall was built in 1976, so it is certainly possible. I believe this was the fifth drive-in opened in the U.S.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 24, 2006 at 8:06 am

In its newspaper ads it described itself as an “Open Air Auto Theater”, which showed movies “Continuous from Dusk to Midnight, Rain or (moon) Shine”. I don’t know if it had “Drive-Up” ramps, or “Drive Over” ramps. With drive-up ramps, motorists drove into a position, and then had to back out when leaving. With drive-over ramps, you left by driving forward. I went past this theatre many times, but I cannot remember ever going there.