South Shore Plaza Twin Drive-In

400 Forbes Road,
Braintree, MA 02184

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This ozoner was originally General Drive-In Theatre Corp., which eventually changed its name to General Cinema Corp. in the 1960’s. It was one of the first two-screen drive-ins on the east coast. The parking field is being used as a driving range and park-and-ride lot to Logan Airport. The concession building is the bus terminal for the park-and-ride. One of the screen towers is still standing but becoming obscured by trees.

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RandyofAFTimes
RandyofAFTimes on March 1, 2011 at 3:45 am

This drive-in was a staple of my early youth.
In the mid 70’s, I saw The Poseidon Adventure though I fell asleep. Saw Star Wars during initial run in ‘77 and a year later (remember seeing the classic “D” poster in the concession stand). I saw ALIEN there in 1979; my dad worked as a security guard at an office building next door and saw the Chestburster scene half a dozen times before seeing the full film! Mad Max played there in 1979/80, according to an ad I remember seeing in a local paper.
I do remember vividly being able to see one of the screens from 128.

Every time I’ve used the Logan Shuttle, I’m sad to see that it’ll never come back again.

JonathanInRandolph
JonathanInRandolph on August 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Yes Ron, that was definately in August 86 when i was there. They must of closed it for good at seasons end.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on March 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Can someone please add the Avon Drive-in to Cinema Treasures. It was the best Drive-in in the Boston Area. Huge Screen, good food. Also the Marshfield Drive-in which was a 1st run Drive-In. Small. Good size screen and great food, Easy in and out.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

dickneeds111..you can add the drive-ins yourself. Just go to the bottom of the page to the submit your favorite link.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The “Ledger Archives” column of today’s Quincy Patriot Ledger mentions an item from June 2, 1987. It reports that General Cinemas has said that the South Shore Plaza Twin Drive-In is closed and will not reopen. Closing drive-in cinemas is a “trend” the article says, which also mentions that the cinema was more than 25 years old.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

The June 2 1987 article also pointed out that within the past decade (1977-87) drive-in cinemas had also closed in Marshfield, Kingston, Dedham, Canton, Brockton, Avon and Boston.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was further north @ 262 Forbes.

When the drive-in was open, the road ended at the box office.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

This opened on July 22nd, 1960.

toycannon
toycannon on September 9, 2013 at 1:05 am

I worked there part time while in high school around 1970. My jobs were to clean up the fields from the previous nights' visitors. Also did some speaker maintenance. I got $1.65 per hour. Finding money was not all that uncommon nor was coming across used condoms. We saw several movies there in the 60’s as I was growing up in Braintree.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

A few days ago I was driving compass-East on the Interstate (ex- Rt 128)in Braintree and looked over to my right at just the right moment and saw the huge Drive-in screen still standing, looking slightly ratty.

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