Parkway Drive-In

2001 Boston Road,
Wilbraham, MA 01095

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DavidZornig on April 8, 2021 at 6:12 am

The motel is gone. There is a Home Depot on the site today.

davidcoppock on April 8, 2021 at 4:48 am

Is the motel still there?

MichaelKilgore on April 7, 2021 at 7:51 pm

Boxoffice, Sept. 27, 1947: “Grading was started this summer on an open-air theatre in Wilbraham, east of Springfield on the main road to Worcester and Boston. The project will be completed next spring. Thomas Millea of Springfield and David J. Willig are backing the theatre, which will hold 600 cars. Willig operates an open-airer outside Albany.”

Dawain on March 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

I am teaching my AP United States history class about the 1950s. While they are reading a primary source document, I googled Parkway Drive-In. I worked there as a high school student while my dad was stationed at Westover AFB in the early 70s. The wonderful memories flooded back. I loved working for Doris. Our stories of yesteryear are so important for the current generation. Hopefully our childhood memories can have a positive impact on our future generations.

Drive-Ins were so fun. Keep up the memories. Parkway was special to me, not because of the movies, but because of those I worked with.

DavidZornig on February 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

1976 photo added, courtesy of the below 2008 article about the Parkway and other drive-ins.

rivest266 on September 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

Grand opening ad uploaded.

EdwardShear on December 3, 2004 at 5:33 pm

The Parkway opened in 1948 and closed in 1987. In 1988, it was razed.
It was a large, very well maintained drive-in and was the last one to close in the Springfield area.

michacavan on June 14, 2004 at 6:32 pm

The Parkway was right down the street from our house on Manor Road when I was just a little kid. My Mom and Dad would take my Sister and me to movies there already dressed in our PJ’s. They knew we would be asleep by the middle of the show and it was easier to carry us into our beds that way when we got home. My sister and I would play in the playground area and run back to the car when we saw the movie starting. It is one of the few family memories I have of all four of us. My parents divorce and my Mom’s death have have made the memories of the Parkway even more special.