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By Scott Roberto / August 10, 12:00 AM
Driven to Entertain
courtesy of Kowloon


A bygone era is once again resurgent in these socially distancing times. While a few traditional drive-in movie theaters have managed to stay in business in Massachusetts over the decades, pop-up drive-ins are experiencing a renaissance thanks to some innovative minds determined to gather folks for an old-fashioned communal experience. On Route 1 in Saugus, the iconic Polynesian dining palace Kowloon is offering films—including Top Gun on September 16—via the comfort of your own car in a back parking lot (pictured). Reservations are required, and screenings have been selling out, so check the site for details. There are even live music performances several nights a week. The South Shore is also joining the drive-in action, with the Marshfield Drive-In on the grounds of the postponed Marshfield Fair screening film classics several nights a week. Speaking of fairgrounds, the site of the annual, historic Topsfield Fair hosts the similar Topsfield Drive-In, which runs regular viewings, welcoming Poltergeist September 17, Jurassic Park September 18 and Tim Burton's version of Batman September 20. In East Boston, enjoy blockbusters on the big screen with Summer Screen at Suffolk Downs at the former race track on Thursday nights. The upcoming schedule is highlighted by the Spanish-language flick El bolero de Raquel (September 17). And for horror fans looking forward to the Halloween season, the venerable Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline hosts a special drive-in double feature showing of Evil Dead II and the 2013 re-make of Evil Dead on October 30 at Rocky Woods Reservation in Medfield. 

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