Air-Line Drive-In

650 Memorial Drive,
Chicopee, MA 01020

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momtovn
momtovn on August 22, 2008 at 9:55 pm

I remember going to this drive in with my family,my sister and I wearing our jammies with back of our hatchback down, all huddled under a blanket. it was so much fun!! they would attach a speaker type device to our car so we could hear the movie. I remember seeing “ET” and the newest “star wars”. by the time I was old enough to hang out there and USA skate,( like my older sister) it was all gone, so sad. I love to tell my kids all about how it was when we drive there to get gas at BJ’s. they think its so neat that there was a drive in there at one time.

Linc
Linc on May 7, 2005 at 5:28 am

Grew up in Chicoppe and went to the Airline Frequently. Saw The Beatles' “A Hard Days Night” in 64 or 65. Me and my mom & dad & brother with sodas in a metal Coleman cooler. My brother and I wore our pajamas. I think it as on a double bill with Elvis' “Kid Gavalan”.

Saw Sinatra in “Von Ryans Express”. Remember how shocked I was that he died in the end.

In the 70s, used to sneak in to watch the R-rated movies.

AlLarkin
AlLarkin on April 30, 2005 at 4:14 pm

I can still envision the Airline’s giant screen while exiting the Mass. Pike. Believe Topor Motors occupies the spot where the screen was located. Airline was noted for their “Dusk to Dawn” all night movies on holiday weekends.

EdwardShear
EdwardShear on December 3, 2004 at 11:12 pm

The Airline opened in 1952, closed in 1984,and demolished in 1987

ToddFriedhaber
ToddFriedhaber on October 8, 2004 at 5:55 pm

I was born on Westover AFB in the late 60’s, and remember Airline Drive-in with great fondness. It was the place were I watched features such as Western World, and several of the “Herbie The Love bug” movies. This drive-in was located on Memorial Dr. which was (and is still) an “American Graffiti-isk” setting for local kids drag racing. Today, Whenever I am filling up my SUV at Bj’s, and the horizon is painted with the pink/blue colors of dusk, the warm summer breeze brings back fond memories of a time when playing with Gi Joe’s and Sam Cobra in the woods behind Zarres, watching cartoons on Saturday mornings, and Roller-skating at United Skates of America on Saturday night constituted my whole weekend. One of my good friends has part of that great 50’s era neon Airline Drive-in Sign.

michacavan
michacavan on June 15, 2004 at 2:47 am

My memories of the Airline are from my formative years. I remember going to United Skates of America and sneaking through the fence into the drive in behind. We would sit in the play area and try to listen carefully to hear some of the sound coming from the cars. By the time I was old enough to drive the Airline was falling apart and no longer seemed like the cool place to hang out.