Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Meadowbrook Drive-In of who-knows-where







I unearthed some more photos I shot of another abandoned drive-in theater, probably some time in the early 1990s. This one looks to be the Meadowbrook, but I can't say from where. I originally thought it might be in Florida, as I travelled there back then and vaguely recall taking pictures of a place like this. However, the flora doesn't look very Florida-like. An internet search tells me there was a Meadowbrook Drive-In in Middleboro, Massachusetts that closed in 1987. This is probably it, but I don't remember being in Middleboro. My archivist brother would be reprimanding me for not labelling these precious artifacts properly. If anybody knows anything about the Meadowbrook, I'd sleep better having solved this mystery.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

This appears to be the Meadowbrook in Middleboro. I was down there today, and it very much resembles it, including the building. It is far more overgrown today, but it is located on Rt. 44 just east of the Raynham town line.

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Thanks Anonymous!

Anonymous said...

Was wondering, after seeing the Maine photo's taken in what we call "The County" in Northern Maine...Any chance that pic's may have been taken near Bar Harbor off Rt. 1 in Trenton, Maine...Looks just like the old Drive-in and entrance property to me!!!

Gunnar and Sherry said...

You know, that's a good possibility because we did take a trip to Bar Harbor back in the early 90s (although I don't specifically remember seeing a drive-in on that trip). Wish I had labelled the photo! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is most definitely the Meadowbrook Drive-In in Middleborough, MA. I was out there just the other day. Sadly, it doesn't even closely resemble this anymore thanks to 22 years over overgrowth since its closing and the building decay.
I have posted some pictures online of what it looks like now:

www.photobucket.com/meadowbrook

Guest Password is: meadowbrook

enjoy :)

Anonymous said...

I filmed this drive in...at night and wanted to ask if I could use your images for a short documentary of "off the beaten path" stuff.

I believe this is the Meadobrook in Mass...in two images, there are obviouse Autumn foliage that Florida would never have. Plus the screen looks like the one I saw, and the speaker poles were white, and the shap of building/snack bar is the same.

Peace, John.

unocal said...

This is definately Meadowbrook in Middleboro,Ma. I live about five miles from there and distinctly remember the sign. It is wayyyyy more overgrown and did close in 1987.

The Beauty of Middleboro said...

Grew up in Middleboro and use to go to this drive in quite a lot. Couldn't believe how awful it looks now. It clsed the year I graduated H.S. in 1987. Really wish they would have been able to keep it open. Again thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor recently that the Meadowbrook Drive In theater may reopen.

Mike Mecke said...

They had the best snack bar eva the clam cakes were better then kennys in onset i loved this place mike mecke

Anonymous said...

Definitely the Meadowbrook Drive-in In Middleboro. Go by it frequently. A lot of good times!

Anonymous said...

Definitely The Meadow rook in Middleboro , Ma. Saw the original Woodstock move there in 1970. . . About 5 times. Also frequented the Raynham Drive In owned by good family friends, Bill and Louise Murby and family and my father was a projectionist there during summer seasons. Saw Beatles Hard Days Night and Help there when first released. Also spent many youthful nites at the Sky view Drive In in Brockton. Fondest memories of Raynham Drive In though cos I grew up in that once small town about 35 miles south of Boston. Gary Voller/Vero Beach Florida

Anonymous said...

Would enjoy exchanging comments/memories with anyone else who remembers these days of simpler entertainment/life garyvoller@Comcast.net

Mistaken4AnAngel said...

Grew up down the street from there ! Dad was a police officer and would get free admission . Seen so many movies , I think my first was either Flubber or Herbie . They had the BEST crab cakes !

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your posts about the Meadowbrook Drive In. Unfortunately, I moved to area in 1989 and missed all but the decay of this old drive in. Does anyone know if this land is for sale?

John - 774-218-4321 call or text