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 on January 31, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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 11:20 pm

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

rivest266 on August 19, 2012 at 12:27 am

Grand opening ad and USGS aerial photo posted here.

jwmovies on October 31, 2012 at 9:15 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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