Tri-Town Drive-In

3 Youngs Road,
Lunenburg, MA 01462

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Tri-Town Drive-In

This drive-in in Lunenburg, MA opened on May 11, 1955 with Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront” & Philip Carey in “Outlaw Stallion”. It was operated by Edwin Fedeli who also operated the Rialto Theatre, Worcester, MA. It was built on the site of a closed miniature racetrack, and was last run by his son, Dave.

Unfortunately, the 2009 season was to be it’s last, as the land was sold for development. It was demolished in March 2010.

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MrDJDude on July 24, 2009 at 2:29 pm

After doing some more poking around, it seems that the project slated to be developed on the drive-in’s proptery has been in a holding pattern thanks to the economy.

The most recent article I found was from several months ago, and said that they expected to break ground at summer’s end. If this pans out, then the drive-in is in it’s final season. If not…who knows. Unfortunately, all of the articles were archived, so I’m going on the snippets available to me.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Look at the Mohawk Drive-In link for more information on the Tri-Town.

MrDJDude on January 27, 2010 at 2:40 am

It appears that the project slated to be developed on the Tri-Town’s site has gotten underway. Construction equipment has arrived – mark this closed.

That hurts. Too few drive-ins left.

MrDJDude on January 27, 2010 at 2:55 am

Also changes the screen to “single” or “one” – it was never twinned, that was my mistake. Thanks!

MrDJDude on February 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Well, I’ve been made to be a liar. As of Jan 28, the drive-in remained untouched. The developer is still trying to secure funding for Phase 1 of the project, according to a Jan 28, 2010 Sentinel & Enterprise article. Makes one wonder if the project will ever get funded, or if the drive-in will continue on in it’s dogged determination.

SO…this drive-in IS closed for the time being, but NOT demolished. Please change the status accordingly, and my apologies.

MrDJDude on March 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

This Sentinel & Enterprise article from March 9 describes the beginning of construction on the housing complex being built here. The screen has been removed, and the foundation is being set for the new building. Now you CAN list the Tri-Town as “Closed/Demolished”. Truly, the end of an era. How many drive-in’s can say they were open for 50+ years continuously, under virtually the same ownership?

Here’s a set of photos from Facebook(no login needed) posted by various people. They range from movie posters a former employee kept, to photos of the screen and marquee in the process of demolition.

TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Only saw one ad on the above post.

MrDJDude on March 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

It’s a slide show. The “Previous/Next” buttons are in the upper right -hand corner, above the photo. Sorry for any confusion.

TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm

O.K. Thanks Phantom.

rivest266 on April 28, 2024 at 2:58 pm

Opened on May 11th, 1955. Grand opening ad posted.

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