Dedham Drive-In

Elm Street,
Dedham, MA 02026

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Doug Tozier
Doug Tozier on December 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

The screen actually faced NE, toward the industrial park and pipe company along Rustcraft Rd. My street is directly behind the screen off of Elm St. and my house faced south (a chain link fence away from the clover leaf for route 1 off of 128). The parking lot for the Showcase Cinemas only partially took over for the Drive In lot, and the rest was consumed by an office park, and access road to the industrial park.

rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

This opened on August 11th, 1948.

danpetitpas on October 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

Actually, Michael Redstone bought the land in 1948 and built the drive-in on it. Redstone Management evolved into National Amusements, run by granddaughter Shari Redstone, and the family still owns the land that Legacy Place is built on.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Uploaded the aerial from 1969. The other link was broke.

jwmovies on September 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 176 Elm St.

MarkB on July 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm

The access to the drive-in was from Elm street. The screen was near Elm street and faced north. I’m pretty sure Redstone owned the drive-in in the mid-70s when I was there. A friend’s mother ran either the concession stand or the whole operation.

MrDJDude on January 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Actually, I stand corrected. It was at the back of the parking lot for the Showcase Cinemas, which didn’t exist in 1971.

However…if you look at the historical aerial for 1978, the Dedham Drive-In is obviously closed. And the small building at the far left of the parking lot that has chewed into the former drive-in’s lot? That building is the shiny, new Showcase Cinemas. How about that?

Now we know what, or more precisely who killed the Dedham Drive-In: Sumner Redstone, that’s who!

Also worthy of note is that if you looked at the rear of the Showcase’s parking lot in aerials after it fully swallowed the drive-in, the outline of it’s final layout was visible in the asphalt.

MrDJDude on January 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm

It’s underneath what’s now Legacy Plaza. The old Showcase Cinema, now the Showcase Cinema de Lux at Legacy Place, was built on top of it(or the parking lot was, at least).

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Ken,It gets harder and harder to spot old Drive in sites as you drive down back roads. I guess aerial photos are about the only way. I was enjoyed finding one like the WAYNESBORO DRIVE IN on CT,Watching for snakes in the tall Georgia grass,hoping for a good find like i did at the WOODZO drive in on CT.Yeah, it is getting harder and harder.

kencmcintyre on January 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

The current view shows retail and a large parking lot. I don’t think any part of the drive-in has survived.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

This was a monster of a drive in parking 1000 cars. It was owned by AFFILIATED CIRCUIT. Affiliated owned a couple more in Massachusetts.

kencmcintyre on January 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Looks to be around the intersection of Elm and Route 1. Here is a 1971 aerial photo:

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

Where was it located? Somewhere on Route 1 ?