9 spots in Boston to see a drive-in movie

CAMBRIDGE CROSSROADS In partnership with the Brattle Theatre, the new Cambridge Crossing development has announced two free movie nights this summer, both with dual functions. Sing along to “Moana” and “School of Rock” on June 30th and “Encanto” and “Mrs. Doubt.” Admission starts at 5pm both nights, and there’s free popcorn and food trucks for snacks during film time—just bring your own chair. 222 Jacobs Street, Cambridge. Free. eventbrite.com/o/cambridge-crossing-30339024896

THE LORING GREENHOUSE This historic Jamaica Plain property will host multiple Friday night movie nights on its lawn through early October. The first film on May 27 at 8 p.m. is The Princess Bride, with King Richard, Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights also in the summer program. 12 South St., Jamaica Plains. $7 per person over 12, $3 per child ages 3-12 and free for children under 3 years old. eventbrite.com/o/the-loring-greenough-house-10886842148

MOVIE NIGHTS OF THE MAYOR Mayor Michelle Wu is hosting eleven kid-friendly screenings in playgrounds and parks across the city this August. The free series begins August 2 near Jamaica Pond with The Mitchells vs. the Machines and ends September 1 at Boston Common Frog Pond with the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – chocolate not included. Several locations. Free. boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-movie-nights

Movies have been shown at the Mendon Twin Drive-In since 1954.Harrison Hill for the Boston Globe

MENDON TWIN DRIVE IN About an hour southwest of Boston is the Mendon Twin Drive-In, which has shown summer movies since 1954. Here you can watch a double film while enjoying fried dough or mozzarella sticks from the snack bar. Next week, Top Gun: Maverick is one of the movies on tap, and on June 4th, the drive-in theater will host the Grateful Dead Night, with live music and a taping of a concert by the trippy 1990s band that’s making up the big picture takes over screen. 35 Milford St, Mendon. $32 per car or $6 per person for more than 6 people. mendondrivein.com

MERRIMACK VALLEY PAVILION Head to the Merrimack Valley Pavilion on Fridays and Saturdays all summer for some family-friendly fun — this month’s movies are Sing 2, Moana, and Boss Baby 2, all of which start at 7 p.m. Movies are likely to be, too provide some fall entertainment; Films typically run until the first snowfall of the season, and last year outdoor screenings lasted until the end of October. 2087 Main St., Tewksbury. $20 per car or $120 for a season pass. eventbrite.com/o/merrimack-valley-pavilion-30916896881

MOONRISE CINEMAS This spot, which opened in Plymouth just last year, combines today’s upscale theatrical experiences with the nostalgic flair of the drive-in cinemas of yesteryear. Before embarking on your film – Monsters Inc. and Luca are both showing at dusk next weekend – head to the kitchen for small bites and the bar for your selection of wines by the glass, beers and fruity cocktails . 428 Court St., Plymouth. $34 per car. moonrisecinemas.com

The Coolidge Corner screens movies on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This summer “The Birds”, “Tremors” and “Fast Five” will be shown.A Gallagher Dixon

SCIENCE ON SCREEN The Coolidge Corner Theater is hosting free performances on the Rose Kennedy Greenway three Wednesdays this summer. All films shown in 35mm touch on something related to the natural world – the lineup is The Birds, Tremors and Fast Five. As an added educational bonus, the films are introduced by local experts to the scientific areas the films explore. June 15, July 13 and August 10 at sunset. Rose Kennedy Greenway, between India St. and Milk St., Boston. Free. coolidge.org/type/outdoor-screenings

WELLFLEET DRIVE-IN THEATER Cap off a trip to the Cape with a visit to Wellfleet Drive-In, which also has a flea market, miniature golf course and indoor theater on site. The drive-in opens this weekend, and Top Gun: Maverick and The Lost City are scheduled for next weekend’s lineup. 51 US-6, Wellfleet. $15 per person ages 12-61, $12 per person ages 62+, $10 for children ages 4-11 and free for children under 3 years. wellfleetdrive.wpengine.com/drive-in-theatre

The Wenham Street Cinema is located in a garage on Jamaica Plain.Deborah Karson

WENHAM STREET CINEMA A newcomer to the outdoor film scene, Wenham Street Cinema is located in Matt Shuman’s garage on Jamaica Plain, where everyone is invited to bring a chair and watch a free film on a small projection screen. The makeshift cinema kicked off its 2022 season with a screening of Encanto on May 6, which, like all screenings at the cinema, was posted to the @wenhamstreetcinema Instagram page (and posted on Sman’s garage door). 23 Wenham St., Boston. Free. instagram.com/wenhamstreetcinema


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