Drive-in theater keeps traditions alive in Milford
Not much has changed at the Milford Drive-In Theater that still plays the throwback dancing food intermission film in a relaxing outdoor atmosphere. (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys)
Drive-ins bring back the nostalgia of the 1950s and 1960s when they were the fashionable hangout destination.
The twin screen theater at 531 Elm St. opens at 7 p.m. while the movies play at dusk.
On a typical night, kids play on the swings or throw the ball around while people are relax in their folding chairs or play board games waiting for dusk. New this year is an RC car race track.
Judy Pengle sings children’s song on weekends. “The kids go crazy over her,” said Scharnett.
“I’ve never been to a drive-in before so this is a new experience and it’s pretty cool,” said 18-year old Andy Stock from Derry, who was on a date and headed back to his car with an armload of food.
According to Scharnett, the United States had over 4,000 drive-ins in its heyday but that number dwindled to 326. New Hampshire has four drive-in theaters remaining: Milford, Weir’s Beach Drive-In, Northern Nights Drive-In in Lancaster and Northfield Drive-In in Hinsdale.
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