Tri-Town Drive-In

3 Youngs Road,
Lunenburg, MA 01462

800 cars

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm

O.K. Thanks Phantom.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on March 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm

It’s a slide show. The “Previous/Next” buttons are in the upper right -hand corner, above the photo. Sorry for any confusion.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

Only saw one ad on the above post.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on March 18, 2010 at 6:11 am

This Sentinel & Enterprise article from March 9 describes the beginning of construction on the housing complex being built here. The screen has been removed, and the foundation is being set for the new building. Now you CAN list the Tri-Town as “Closed/Demolished”. Truly, the end of an era. How many drive-in’s can say they were open for 50+ years continuously, under virtually the same ownership?

Here’s a set of photos from Facebook(no login needed) posted by various people. They range from movie posters a former employee kept, to photos of the screen and marquee in the process of demolition.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on February 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Well, I’ve been made to be a liar. As of Jan 28, the drive-in remained untouched. The developer is still trying to secure funding for Phase 1 of the project, according to a Jan 28, 2010 Sentinel & Enterprise article. Makes one wonder if the project will ever get funded, or if the drive-in will continue on in it’s dogged determination.

SO…this drive-in IS closed for the time being, but NOT demolished. Please change the status accordingly, and my apologies.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on January 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Also changes the screen to “single” or “one” – it was never twinned, that was my mistake. Thanks!

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on January 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm

It appears that the project slated to be developed on the Tri-Town’s site has gotten underway. Construction equipment has arrived – mark this closed.

That hurts. Too few drive-ins left.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 24, 2009 at 11:34 am

Look at the Mohawk Drive-In link for more information on the Tri-Town.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on July 24, 2009 at 11:29 am

After doing some more poking around, it seems that the project slated to be developed on the drive-in’s proptery has been in a holding pattern thanks to the economy.

The most recent article I found was from several months ago, and said that they expected to break ground at summer’s end. If this pans out, then the drive-in is in it’s final season. If not…who knows. Unfortunately, all of the articles were archived, so I’m going on the snippets available to me.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on July 24, 2009 at 9:40 am

You know what? I stand corrected, and I have no clue what the hell I was thinking. This is not a twin, it’s a single screen. Which makes it that much rarer – not many single screeners survived this long, although the drive-in in Wellfleet, NA is also a single screen theater.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on July 24, 2009 at 9:23 am

Lost, the price is per carload. If it was per person, they’d have closed years ago!

As far as the location goes, the impression I have from the articles I’ve read is that it’s been considered to be a Lunenberg landmark for some time. So I suspect it’s on the outskirts.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 24, 2009 at 4:05 am

Something’s screwy with the Tri-Town website. Their own map link takes you to Lunenberg, but their driving directions takes you just outside of Fitchburg.

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