Berkshire Drive-In

1491 W. Housatonic Street,
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Berkshire Drive-In

Located on Route 20. The Berkshire Drive-In opened July 23, 1948 with the Walt Disney feature cartoon “Fun and Fancy Free”. It had a capacity of 600 cars and was operated by H. Lazarus. It was closed in September 1978.

On April 20, 1979 it was renamed Lanesboro Drive-In. It was closed in fall of 1984. A warehouse was built on the property.

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davidcoppock on March 16, 2019 at 10:05 pm

Also opened with a cartoon(not named).

rivest266 on March 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Renamed Lanesboro Drive-In on April 20th, 1979 and closed in fall, 1984.

MichaelKilgore on March 15, 2022 at 3:17 pm

The Berkshire and Lanesboro drive-ins were separate.

Boxoffice, May 12, 1958: “Sylvan Leff’s beautiful and modern 750-car Pittsfield Drive-In at Pittsfield, Mass., is being operated this season on lease by Al Daytz of Boston. Daytz, whose brother Mickey, onetime Warner salesman here (in Albany), is associated with him in a buying-booking service and in drive-in projects, has also taken over the Berkshire Drive-In on the other side of Pittsfield and another at nearby Lanesboro.”

Boxoffice, April 18, 1966: “Al Daytz, president of Esquire Theatres of America, … also operates three drive-ins around Pittsfield, Mass. These are the Pittsfield, the Berkshire and the Lanesboro.”

MichaelKilgore on March 16, 2022 at 7:19 pm

The Berkshire had that name for all of its life. Its final ads in the Berkshire Eagle were on Labor Day weekend, 1978.

Berkshire Eagle, Aug. 3, 1981: “The Berkshire Drive-In opened in 1948 on 15 acres in West Pittsfield next to what is now the Coach Lite restaurant. It closed in September 1978, and by November of that year its giant outdoor screen had been removed. The property on outer West Housatonic Street was sold then to Paul Bock, co-owner of the restaurant.”

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