The word most commonly associated with summer moviegoing these days is "blockbuster." For a long time, it was something else: "drive-in." There were once upwards of 4000 drive-in theaters in the United States. According to the website driveintheater.com, their number in Massachusetts peaked at 83, in 1972. The site lists six still in operation. In fact, there are just four: Leicester, Mendon, Northfield, and Wellfleet.
Stephen Shore, 'Sunset Drive-In, Amarillo, Texas, 1974'
O. Winston Link, "Hot Shot Easbound at the Iaeger Drive-In, W.V.," 1956
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