Blue Hills Drive-In

320 Turnpike Street,
Canton, MA 02021

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The Blue Hills Drive-In was located on state Route 138 in Canton which is called Washington Street on its north end; while the remainder is called Turnpike Street.

The drive-in was still operating as of June 1960. Further information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

The Canton Journal “Looking Back”, posted above, says that the Canton Drive-In closed in August, 1984. I suspect that Melrose Associates owned the land in 1990-1995, but the theater was not operating then.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

Since X-rated movies were shown here circa-1971 and later, it seems logical that the screen could not be seen from outside the boundaries of the drive-in. Otherwise there would undoubtedly have been objections from the local community. The 1981 visit posted above says that it was in a wooded area; probably the back of the screen may have faced the street.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 11, 2010 at 11:09 am

My post on June 9 of the Historic Aerials shot would explain a lot of what the are looked like back then…….. You ought to try it.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

SiliconSam- when I looked at it briefly when it was first posted, I couldn’t seem to make sense of it. But now I can see that the place was in an obscure location. The only view of the screen would be from some industrial buildings to the south, probably not open at night. I can see now that this was the type of drive-in where the back of the screen is on the street by the entrance.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm

One thing not clear from the topo map or the aerial is whether people in cars driving northbound on 138 could see the screen.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

In the aerial photo the screen is canted away from Route 138, but it appears that there would be some view, albeit at an angle, depending on intervening buildings and trees.

NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

320 Turnpike St, Canton, MA 02021

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a 1969 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of

bigqueue on September 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I worked at the Blue Hills Drive in from about 1974 when I was 16 until about 1980 when I graduated from college. I worked on the concession stand and worked my way up to Assistant Manager…..Jim Froio was the Concession stand manager and he was a great guy. We had a great crew, and working there was fantastic….I still keep up with many of my coworkers via Facebook and we have reunion get togethers about every decade or so! (at the Town Spa Pizza since this is where we went out after work most times)

bigqueue on September 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

BTW: Here is the obituary for Jim Froio…concession manager when I worked at the Blue Hills Drive-in.

Kingm5 on January 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

It was a great place from the late 50’s to the early 80’s. I saw a Cival War flick there in the early 60’s with my parents and grandparents in our 58 Rambler. I saw Flipper with my friends and we were usually running around in the fields off the side of the parking lot where my best friend fell and cut his knee open on a broken bottle, cutting the night short. I was there at least once a week through the 70’s with my buddies drinking and smoking pot which we did in those days. Every car was partying or necking or both. In the 60’s it was a great place for families with a playground down front. In the 70’s it’s where you brought your first girl or as I said, party with your friends. It had a great concession stand and of course no radio tunable sound just the old speakers hanging on the pole next to your car. One night we drove out with two speakers still in the rear windows. They were rolled up tight so the glass didn’t beak, just the snapping of two safety wire ropes that were in the speaker cable to prevent theft. It was a great place from an era long since past, and how I miss it so.

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