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With its classic, family-owned and operated drive-in theaters, New Hampshire is home to 3 of the 22 remaining drive-in destinations left in the New England area.
Grab some popcorn, tune your radios, and crack your windows with this guide to New Hampshire’s drive-in theatres from Jerry, the car insurance super app.
Milford Drive-In Theater
Address: 531 Elm Street, Milford, NH 03055
Schedule: Open 3-7 days a week (7 days a week during peak summer season), April through October, rain or shine
Ticket prices: $30 for up to six people in one vehicle, $40 for extended vans
Number of screens: 2
Pet-friendly? Yes, but they must be leashed when outside of your vehicle and cannot enter the concession stand
The Milford Drive-In first opened in 1958 and is advertised as the last operating drive-in in the southern New Hampshire area. In 1969, the Scharmett family purchased the theater and it has been family-owned and operated ever since.
The Scharmett family added a second screen in 1984 and keeps the facility up-to-date with digital projection equipment. The theater is currently home to New Hampshire’s largest screen.
The Milford Drive-In presents new releases with double features playing on both screens. Once you’re in, you can park forwards or backward and sit inside, outside, or just about any way you like. There is even a playground on site for kids to enjoy before the movies start.
Spots are first-come, first-served so show up early. The box office opens at 6:15pm Friday and Saturday, and 7:15pm Sunday to Thursday—but you can, buy tickets online in advance.
Be forewarned: If you leave and try to re-enter during the double feature, you will be expected to pay again.
How to hear the movies
You can listen to the movies on your FM car radio or any portable radio. Tune in to 89.9 FM for Screen 1 and 91.1 FM for Screen 2.
While outside food and drink are allowed, you may want to check out the drive-in’s concession stand to help support this local favorite. Milford’s concession stand offers a huge menu with a kitchen for hot food, a soft-serve ice cream bar, and a very enticing selection of frappes and slushies.
Weirs Drive-In Theater
Address: 76 Endicott St. E, Laconia, NH 03246
Ticket prices: $30 for up to four people in one vehicle, $5 per additional person, children 4 and under get in free
Number of screens: 4
Pet-friendly? Yes, but pets must stay in your vehicle
With four screens and a 1,000-car capacity, Weirs Drive-In is the largest of New Hampshire’s drive-in movie theaters. The theatre opened in 1949 and has been known for its great location opposite Lake Winnipesaukee, just 45 minutes east of Concord.
Weirs Drive-In almost closed its lots in 2017 when the land was sold for condominium development. Luckily for avid drive-in enthusiasts, the deal fell through and the drive-in remains open. The land remains for sale, so check this popular destination off your bucket list sooner rather than later.
The Weirs Drive-In plays double features on each of its four screens, with first showings typically starting at dusk. Plan on arriving a little early if it’s overcast and dark enough for movies to start before then. Second showings typically start 10 minutes after the first movie ends.
The theater often offers deals and print-to-redeem coupons, so check the Weirs Drive-In website and social media before going.
How to hear the movies
Once you’ve arrived at your double feature, tune in to the movie sound on your FM car radio or portable radio.
At this time, Weirs Drive-In Theatre does not advertise any concessions. Bring your favorite movie snacks from home or grab food from a local stop on the way.
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Northfield Drive-In Theatre
Address: 931 Northfield Rd, Hinsdale, NH 03451
Schedule: Open Fridays to Sundays, seasonal, rain or shine
Ticket prices: $12 for adults, $7 for kids—minimum 2 adults, cash only
Number of screens: 1
Pet-friendly? Yes, but they must be leashed when outside your vehicle
With 73 years of cinematic screening under its belt, the Northfield Drive-In is one of the oldest continuing drive-ins on the east coast. It has been proudly owned and operated by the Shakour family since 1967. This drive-in loves to keep things retro so bring cash–credit and debit cards are not accepted.
This historic destination is also considered the only drive-in to straddle a state line (New Hampshire and Massachusetts). It’s not far from the Vermont state line, either, making this is a very accessible drive-in for residents of the greater New England area.
The Northfield Drive-In likes to mix new and old movies with not just double, but also triple-feature screenings. Movies are screened digitally so you can enjoy modern quality while you take your trip back in time.
Triple features cost a little extra, as do holiday weekends, but you may be able to catch the last feature for cheap. The drive-in has a two-ticket minimum for full features. If you want to go by yourself, you can sit on a blanket or lawn chair around the edges of the lot.
SUVs, large trucks, vans, and cars with luggage carriers must park in the last two rows on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. Any other time, vehicles taller than five feet are expected to be courteous to patrons behind them. Northfield management is committed to enforcing these and other parking rules so all patrons can enjoy the movie.
Key Takeaway Bring cash to pay and follow all posted rules at the Northfield Drive-In
How to hear the movies
Tune in to the designated drive-in channel on your FM car radio or portable radio once you arrive for your feature.
The Northfield Drive-In offers a full concession stand with hot food (including personal pizzas and spring rolls), classic favorites, and ice cream. They’ve even got bug repellent in case you forgot yours at home!
Buying concessions at the drive-in can help balance the cost of big Hollywood screenings and help your local drive-in theatre stay in business.
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How many drive-ins are left in New Hampshire?
There are three remaining drive-in movie theaters in New Hampshire.
What do I do with my car once I’m at the drive-in?
Put your car into accessory mode, so you can still use your radio and adjust your windows as desired. Make sure to turn your headlights off–it’s common courtesy at a drive-in.
If you are worried about your car’s battery during a drive-in, you can start your car once during the movie to charge it. If your battery happens to die, check to see if the concession stand or box office has the equipment to help jumpstart your car after the movie.
Do I have to stay the whole time?
No. You are free to leave the drive-in whenever you want. If you’re leaving during a double feature, try to wait until the first movie is done so you don’t disturb anyone around you.