Dartmouth Drive-In

506 State Road,
Dartmouth, MA 02747

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Dartmouth Drive-In

Located on the northeast corner of Route 6 (State Road) and Cross Road in North Dartford. The 750-car capacity Dartmouth Auto Theatre was opened on August 22, 1941 when it was operated by William Purcell. By 1950 it was operated by W. Yamin. By 1955 it was known as the Dartmouth Drive-In and was operated by N. Yamins Theatres and Daytz Theatres.

The Dartmouth Drive-In was closed in the late-1970’s or early-1980’s. It has since been demolished and the site is now occupied by a Walmart Supercenter.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Dartmouth Auto Theatre; it’s Card # 603. But no one filled the report out so there is no information, only an undated photo. Most of the undated photos in these reports were taken between 1945 and 1950.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on March 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm

The Aug. 27, 1941 issue of The Exhibitor reported that Nelson Jacobs “has just completed the new Drive-In for Dartmouth Drive-In Theatres, Inc., in Dartmouth. This up-to-the-minute autery parks 750 cars, and is operated by William Purcell. Opening was to be on Aug. 22. A unique layout of the new Drive-In is the fan-design, with aisles spreading out in a cone, utilizing the architecture of the surrounding land.”

The Sept. 10, 1941 issue mentioned “New Drive-In Theatre operated by the Dartmouth Drive-In Theatre, Inc., has especially developed sound equipment installed by RCA Photophone.”

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