Norway Drive-In

Route 26,
Norway, ME 04268

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The Norway Drive-In opened on May 6, 1955. I recall this drive-in from the short time (two weeks) I filled in as a projectionist, the few times as a kid I was taken by my parents and the one or two times I took my girlfiend there.

It was your typical drive-in located in a wide-open field. The back of the screen was parallel with the road, there were no roads behind the drive-in and it was protected by a large stand of trees on the left side and the rear. To the right was a large farm. The projection booth was typical – not too large, but not overly cramped. Simplex projectors if I recall correctly. Bottom of each compartment had the requisite sanitary pad to absorb the oil leakage that develops over many years of wear (and non-replacement of seals). All cinder-block construction.

Typical tiled-wall concession stand serving pre-bagged burgers, hot dogs, fries, candy, soda, coffee and popcorn. It was bought out by Wal-Mart in the late-1980’s or early-1990’s. Now, there’s a traffic light to let people out on to Route 26.

Contributed by Roger Kirk

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

This opened on May 6th, 1955. grand opening ad is at View link
you will have to pan back one page.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm

In 1956 it parked 350 cars and was owned by Lester Souce.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Grand opening ad and USGS aerial photo posted here.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 31, 2012 at 4:15 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was around 1272 Main Street, Oxford, ME 04270. Some ramps are still there. Walmart is actually south of this.

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