70th season

Drive into drive-in for ‘Solo’ and ‘Avengers’ under the stars

May 23. 2018 12:59PM
The Northfield Drive-in Theatre in Hindale has a 70-year cinematic history. 

HINDSALE — The Northfield Drive-In Theatre reels out its 70th season with a weekend with a trio of double features under the stars.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the Ron Howard-directed movie “Solo: a Star Wars Movie,” starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, will roll at 8:25 p.m., to be followed “Avengers: Infinity War,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Helmsworth and Mark Ruffalo. Both films are rated PG-13.

The Northfield Community Drive-In Theatre, as it was first known, opened in 1948, helping to usher in a new age of outdoor movies in the tri-state area. At that time, Northfield was the only drive-in within a 30-mile area. The original owner, Carl Nilman eventually owned up to 15 theaters and drive-ins throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

On the state line of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the big outdoor screen is one of the lone survivors of the drive-in era. It’s located at 981 Northfield St., Hinsdale.

“Though the last 70 years have brought about many changes in technology, culture and demographics, the Northfield Drive-In remains true to its original intent of being an affordable, family-friendly, entertaining night out,” said owner Mitchel Shakour.

Tickets are cash only, and are $12 for adults, $7 for children younger than 12 and free for tots under 2. There is a two-adult minimum ($24) on Saturday and Sunday.

Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. A snack bar will offer retro favorites such as fried dough, corn dogs, fried pickles and sweet potato fries.

For more information, call 239-4054 or visit northfielddrivein.com.

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