Bangor Drive-In

1600 Hammond Street,
Bangor, ME 04401

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Bangor Drive-In

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Opened June 7, 1950, the Bangor Drive-In was owned by Graphic Circuit and parked 900 cars. In 1971 it had "Hornet’s Nest" and "Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You" laying on a double feature program, both rated PG. It was closed in the 1980’s.

After being closed for many years, it reopened in July 2015.

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jwmovies
jwmovies on September 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Approx. location of this drive-in is Hammond Street in West Bangor around the 1600 block. From Google Maps it looks like the screen is still up.

BigScreen_com
BigScreen_com on April 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm

The Bangor Daily News and WABI TV5 are reporting that the Bangor Drive-In will be re-opening in July 2015:

http://www.bigscreen.com/journal.php?id=3638

daryltwigg
daryltwigg on June 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Bangor Drive In reopened in 2015 and again for the 2016 season. The original Marquee as pictured here has long since gone, with the exception of the neon “Drive In” part which is on display at Nicky’s Restaurant on Union Street in Bangor. The Drive In is actually located in Hermon on the Bangor city line. The twin screens are original, retained because of their excellent condition, but the original projection booth, concessions stand and bathrooms had been demolished when the Drive In originally closed in the 80’s. They have been rebuilt and now equipped with Digital projectors and FM based sound system.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 23, 2016 at 7:30 am

Please update status to open.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on September 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

Steve Ginn’s YouTube video has the full history of the Bangor. It opened on June 7, 1950.

The video claims that “(b)y the late 50’s it was an ‘adult’” theater, but more burlesque than porn. From the ads shown, this was just an occasional thing. A 1955 newspaper ad showed a nudist colony movie; a 1960 ad showed a stripper movie at midnight, and plenty of others had titles that sounded more lascivious than the movies really were.

Okay, there’s one 1970 newspaper ad with softcore porn. And one from 1974 with an X-rated second feature. But in between, there are plenty of multiplex-worthy movies. Based on the newspapers I checked separately, there were several full-time X-rated drive-ins in the area, but the Bangor wasn’t one of them.

A storm blew down the original screen on Jan. 8, 1978. It was replaced that year by the two screens that survive today.

AM Radio sound was added before the 1985 season, which is odd because the Bangor’s final night was July 23, 1985. By noon on the 25th, every speaker had been removed. The eight-screen Bangor Mall Cinemas, owned by the same company as the drive-in, opened on the 26th.

With the 2015 revival, capacity is about 250 for Screen One, about 160 for Screen Two.

BTW, the IMPA continued listing the Bangor Twin through its 1988 edition. Those guys sure were slow on the uptake sometimes!

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