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Bangor Drive-In plans comeback

04/10/2015
The Bangor Drive-In has two screens.

The Bangor Drive-In has two screens.

 

If Hollywood made a movie about a drive-in theater reopening after 30 years of abandon and neglect no one would believe it.

Bangor ain’t Hollywood.

According to the Bangor Daily News, owners of the Bangor Drive-In property recently announced plans to show movies again this summer. The double screen theater closed in 1985.

I discovered the old drive-in a couple of years ago on a bike ride. It sits on a two-lane highway on the edge of town, the kind of place now reserved for business parks or suburban subdivisions.

The empty grounds looked like they were headed for a collision with a bulldozer so I stopped one day to take pictures.

The owners demolished the refreshment stand and removed all the audio posts but both screens stood four-stories tall out in the empty field. They looked like big, flat satellite dishes still going strong after more than 60 years of harsh Maine winters.

I thought I’d get some good pictures, but I was wrong. There really isn’t much to a drive-in theater without cars, a concession stand, people and, of course, a movie.

They say the last film to screen at the Bangor Drive-In was the Sylvester Stallone action film “Rambo: First Blood Part II.”

I never liked the Rambo films.

Too unbelievable.

The marquee sits along side Route 2 on the border of Bangor and Herman.

The marquee sits along side Route 2 on the border of Bangor and Herman.

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