South Shore Plaza Twin Drive-In

400 Forbes Road,
Braintree, MA 02184

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South Shore Plaza Twin Drive-In

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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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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 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.

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Drive-In 54 on March 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm 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 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 on May 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

This opened on July 22nd, 1960.

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.

dickneeds111 on July 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Other drive-ins to close in the Boston area besides the ones listed above were in these areas. West Roxbury, Ouintree(Quincy/Braintree line,the Meadow Glen, Abington and the Weymouth Twin. There may be others.

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