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Maine’s Saco Drive-In Theater closes after 80 years


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“The last 2 years have been a challenge.”

The theater, Maine’s oldest drive-in theater, was established in 1939 and is located at 969 Portland Road in Saco, Maine. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

Maine’s Saco Drive-In Theater is closing after more than 80 years in business.

The theater, the oldest drive-in in Maine, was established in 1939 and is located at 969 Portland Road in Saco, Maine. It was sold to Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel, according to reports from Portland Press-Herald.

“The last 2 years have been a challenge. Owning the property since 1986, selling the drive-in was one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make,” read a Facebook post from the company on Feb. 28. “Covid played a role in our decision to have to operate at reduced capacity, inconsistent supply chains, staff shortages, film shortages and online streaming to name a few.

They went on to say that it was a pleasure to serve the community and they appreciate everyone who supported the drive-in. Community members responded with nostalgic stories and heartfelt thanks in the post’s comments.

“This place provided me with so many childhood memories,” wrote one commenter.

“I remember seeing Heavy Metal there in [the] 80s with Corvette Summer. Good times,” wrote another.

At the height of the pandemic, drive-ins saw an increase in attendance. In May 2020, tickets for the opening night of Mendon Twin Drive-In sold out in 6 p.m., according to information from GBH.

However, as traditional movie theaters have reopened looking towards a post-COVID-19 landscape, some community characteristics are being left behind.



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