Drive-in theaters have dwindled into near extinction elsewhere, but Leicester’s drive-in is alive and well and getting better. The Leicester Drive-in is preparing to open for its 42nd season next week with an upgrade.
Going to a drive-in to see the latest film may sound like a thing of the past – but in Leicester, that old time tradition lives on.
Reprinted from necn.com (NECN) – Going to a drive-in to see the latest film may sound like a thing of the past – but in Leicester, that old time tradition lives on.
Joseph: “We’re the only ones around here now, there’s nobody else – they’re all gone.
Hanna Joseph is the owner of the Leicester Drive In Theater. He opened it back in 1966.
Joseph: “I love the drive in – I used to go from one to another myself and I decided that I wanted to build one and I did it.
Friday night, Joseph’s theater opens for the season. This year marks the 42nd year here at the Leicester Drive In and according to Joseph, it continues to please the crowd. Karen Vaughn delivers films to theaters around New England. It’s rare that she stops by a drive-in but she’s always glad to find they’re still a few around.
Karen: “I think people appreciate it – they like being outdoors – not always cramped in a room – it always gave me something to look forward to in the summer as a kid.â€ The theater’s three screens are roughly 100 feet wide. And this year one of them has been completely refurbished.
It costs twenty dollars to see a movie from the comfort of your car – but those who come early can stay and watch two. Listening is as easy as tuning your radio – and a concession stand sells movie musts like popcorn and soda. For now, the theater’s only open on weekends. But during the summer, it is open seven nights a week – creating fun not for moviegoers, but also for those who run it.