WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new drive-in movie theater will be opening Friday night at the Big E Fairgrounds in West Springfield.
Drive-in theaters are making a comeback during the COVID-19 pandemic and there’s a lot of excitement for the one at the Eastern States Exposition. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a double feature starting with Godzilla vs Kong at 7:45 p.m. and Mortal Kombat at approximately 10:00 p.m.
The drive-in will be located in the Gate 9 parking area at 875 Memorial Avenue in West Springfield.
EJ Dean, owner of the West Springfield Drive-In, told 22News, “Drive-ins starting popped up in the late 1950s and 1960s showing up in towns all over, but as the cineplexes came in they started to go by the way side and the land had a better value to do something else with it.”
However, that’s changed in the last year, with cinemas closing, and the emphasis on spending more time outdoors. Even though its outside, 22News was told the picture quality won’t suffer. There will be a full concession stand that will feature popcorn and popular fair foods such as fried dough, fried Oreos, and cotton candy. A full menu is available online. Tickets are available at www.wsdrivein.com.
“With the screen that we build, the projector we use, having a state of the art facility, so we can have state-run movies,” said EJ Dean.
- $30 per vehicle for double features
- $27 for single features
- $6 extra charge per passenger for vehicles with more than six people
- Motorcycles are $27
- Tickets purchased at the gate are $33 for double features and $30 for single features per car
- Capacity is at 300 cars but will eventually extend to 400
Godzilla vs Kong
The drive-in will be open on weekends through the springtime and then seven days per week during the summer season through Labor Day. Movies will start at a time consistent with the sunset.
This new drive-in theater is currently the only drive-in theater open in the western Massachusetts area.