Saco Drive-In

969 Portland Road,
Saco, ME 04074

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Opening in 1939, the Saco Drive-In is one of the oldest drive-ins in the U.S. still operating. This single screen drive-in has a capacity for approximately 500 cars.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Whats up Mike did you work at this drive-in too?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm

No i did not work here. I found a 1956 Motion picture Almanac in the old Miller Theatre and sometimes i get it out to help with infO.However, I did work at my cousin’s drive in free of charge when i was 16 and spent a couple of weeks there. I actually made a CHANGE OVER when the Projectionists got sick and had to visit the toilet. I did not to too bad, It was HOMBRE with Paul Newman. Non-union booth in Forrest City, N.C.. I heard that Drive inhad just closed up about a year or so.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Yeah, I thought that was an awful small lot,but i remember going through the Virginia mountains back in the early 70’s and i never saw such a small drive In located in those mountains it was tiny. My Almanac book could be wrong.

nritota
nritota on November 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

Is this an independent now?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Saco Drive-in, billed as “The Showplace of Maine”.

antoniomontana
antoniomontana on September 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Great News, Saco drive-in will get new digital projectors courtesy of Honda’s ProjectDrivein contest. Thanks for the Votes!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Theater’s open for the season; have the digital projectors been installed?

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on May 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Yes they have. Opening film for May 2 was Rio 2. The week after featured an independent horror film festival with live music.

gmelick
gmelick on May 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

They’re opening Heaven Is For Real and Amazing Spiderman2 this weekend, 5/16/14.

They will follow that on 5/23 with X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Other Woman…

Then on 5/30 with Maleficent and X-Men..

Million Dollar Arm will be shown starting 6/6 with the 2nd week of Maleficent.

You can follow their programming on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/sacodrivein.

Hope you enjoy them all!

  • their booker, Greg Melick, Cinema Links.
Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 1, 2014 at 12:06 am

Just came from a few days at Ogunquit and made a special trip to this drive-in, and I am very pleased to report that the digital projection is effin' awesome!

This has to be the clearest and brightest drive-in presentation that I have seen in decades. It had the quality of a high-end hardtop. The screen is white and in great shape, with no noticeable flaws, and the sound was crisp and static-free.

X-Men looked sensational, even in the dark scenes, and the glossy Other Woman was as shiny as a new penny. (The movie itself was dreadful, but it sure looked swell on the big screen!)

This is how it should be done. Showmanship and professionalism it its best. Kudos to all involved.

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