Just a short drive from our Vermont Inn, across the bridge in Northfield, New Hampshire you can find a unique entertainment experience that will take you back in time. I’m talking about the Northfield drive-in movie theater.
Tim and I took a trip over there with some friends this past Saturday night for their double feature of WALL-E and Iron Man. Opened in 1948 and one of the oldest Drive Ins in New England, the Northfield Drive in plays movies Friday – Sunday nights. Always 2 and occasionally 3 or more movies are played in a row on remarkably preserved equipment and screens from 60 years ago.
Having grown up just minutes from the first drive-in movie theater in America, established 75 years ago in Camden, New Jersey; this trip to Northfield brought back wonderful memories of my childhood. I was 6 years old the last time I saw a movie at the drive-in, it was Superman. My sister and I would wear our feety PJs and fall asleep in the back of the big orange Volkswagen Bus my parents used to have. I am sure it made for a great date night for them.
Now 25 years later Tim and I were able to have our own old school date night at the drive-in. We packed up the car with blankets, pillows, our camping chairs, and bug spray. We curled up in the back of the Rav4, turned on the radio to the designated station and had a blast watching WALL-E and Iron Man (OK so I admit, I slept through Iron Man – but it was 10:30 and that’s past my bedtime).
One of the highlights of the Northfield Drive-In is their awesome retro snack bar. From corn dogs to ice cream, it was like walking back in time. I will say, one pleasant surprise was that the prices were very reasonable. Tim had a couple of corn dogs, I had some chicken fingers and with two drinks we paid under $20! Fun and affordable.
Another excellent retro touch were the original intros and snack bar commercials, which I am guessing are from the 50’s or 60’s. Completely cool and corny at the same time.
Overall, this was probably one of the most original dates Tim and I have ever been on, we are certain to be back.
The Northfield Drive In is located in (you guessed it) Northfield New Hampshire. It is about 15 minutes from our lovely Vermont Inn and runs movies starting at around 8:30 all summer long. The full schedule and details can be found on their website.