Meadow Glen Drive-In

3850 Mystic Valley Parkway,
Medford, MA 02155

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Architects: Ira Rakatansky

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Meadow Glen Drive-In

Meadow Glen Drive-In opened October 7, 1949. It later had two screens. It was closed and demolished sometime in the 1970’s. Meadow Glen Mall was built sometime in the 1980’s and closed in January 2016.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 7, 2005 at 11:13 pm

FYI – the Meadow Glen Mall’s website is here.

Unfortunately, the mall has no movie theatre. In fact, the entire city of Medford no longer has any movie theatres.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 8, 2008 at 8:21 am

In last week’s Somerville News, Jimmy Del Ponte recounts his memories of going to the Medford Twin and Meadow Glen drive-ins.

MPol on October 26, 2008 at 11:29 pm

I vaguely remember that theatre.

noreaster0 on May 29, 2009 at 1:21 am

BOXOFFICE archives report that Paul and Frank Longo opened the Meadow Glen Drive-In on September 29, 1949. They had a 60 foot cafeteria bar and a 50 foot snack bar. Planned conveniences included, a nursery with baby sitters, a wading pool for small children and a laundry (10/1/1949 Page 77) Another plan was to have circulating refreshment wagons summoned by a push-button on the amplifiers in the cars (5/21/1949, Page 86)

Rifkin Theatres and Philip Lowe added the open air venue to thier stable signing a long term lease with property owner Joseph Longo on October 10, 1953. Roland Moon was transferred in from the Quintree Drive-In in Braintree to manage. (10/17/1953, Page 85)

johncaserta on September 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I am a faculty member in the graphic design department at The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Several folks here are working on a book about the architect of the drive-in, Ira Rakatansky. He is 89 years old, and has dozens of drawings of the designs. Incredible details. I am confused by noreaster0’s post listing the drive-in as opening in 1949. The drawings are dated 1962. Perhaps Mr. Rakatansky designed a newer structure for a theater that had been opened for 13 years?

Anyhow, if anyone has photographs to contribute to our book, please contact me at

NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Mystic Valley Pkwy & Locust St, Medford, MA 02155

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address in the current heading is no longer valid, as the address number may have been updated or changed over the past several decades.

Here is a 1955 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of

CSWalczak on February 15, 2011 at 1:34 am

A photo of a handbill for the theater from its gallery page at advertising the double feature of “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Dr. No” (now that’s a real British Invasion):

jwmovies on October 22, 2012 at 1:41 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 98 Locust Street.

rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm

October 7th, 1949 grand opening ad in the photo section for this drive-in.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 30, 2016 at 6:20 am

The Meadow Glen Mall, which now occupies the site, is closing this weekend. Kohl’s and Marshall’s will remain, but everything in between will be demolished to make way for a new Wegman’s supermarket.

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