Leicester drive in theater celebrates 42 years

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.


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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.” 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.

5 Responses to “Leicester drive in theater celebrates 42 years”

  1. Leicester Drive In
    5:50 pm on April 21st, 2010

    Dear Ms. Perrot,

    Thank you for reaching out. An article would be welcomed. Please feel free to stop by to speak with the owner, Hanna Joseph, Friday or Saturday evening.

    Regards,
    Maria Joseph

  2. Leicester Drive In
    12:45 pm on June 25th, 2010

    Wonderful – Thanks!

  3. AJ
    1:30 pm on June 4th, 2011

    Love the Leicester Drive In. With the economy the way it lately and the average movie ticket price the drive in is a great form of getting out. For a single addmission price you can bring a car load of people and even bring in your own dinner and muchies to enjoy not one but two movies. And even enjoy the old school music while you wait for the music to strat. Hats off to the Leister Drive in and Happy 42 !!!

  4. tracy
    7:34 pm on August 21st, 2011

    We have been going for years and years. Thank you

  5. Anthony belcher
    4:36 pm on July 27th, 2012

    I luv the drivein , so family oriented and. cheap! For twenty bucks. You take a whole car or truck load!! Beat that , a Lil bug spray and some soda an chips maybe there u have a night out w/ the kids . As long as u got gas , but don’t get me started on that topic !
    Hanna Joe. U rock ! Glad I got to meet u and ur family!
    Keep up the good work Maria!

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