While the state of Maine may be located further north than some areas of the country of Canada and often experiences quite a bit of cold weather, it also happens to be one of the country’s first states to open a drive-in movie theater. The Saco Drive-in theater opened back in the year 1939. By the middle of the 1950’s, there were thirty-nine outdoor movie theaters throughout the state. Today, just seven drive-ins remain in operation in Maine, including the Saco Drive-in. Due to the cold weather, the open season for these drive-ins is basically just the summer. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Bridgton Drive-in

Bridgton Drive-in
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The Bridgton Drive-in movie theater originally opened as only a single-screen outdoor movie theater in the year 1957. A second large outdoor movie screen was added to the drive-in theater in 2000. The drive-in is open seasonally, with its open season typically running from the month of May until the month of September. Double features are shown during this time on a nightly basis. Customers may as well leave their credit cards and debit cards at home, as the both the concession stand and box office only accept cash. State-of-the-art digital projectors are used to screen the movies.

383 Portland Rd, Bridgton, ME 04009, Phone: 207-647-8666

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2.Narrow Gauge Cinemas

Narrow Gauge Cinemas
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The Narrow Gauge Cinemas, which boasts a railroad theme, is a 3D-equipped, small-town multiplex that has introduced a drive-in theater that can accommodate a maximum of sixty cars during a showing within its stadium-style grounds. The drive-in theater charges per vehicle, rather than for each person. Admission prices are cheaper on weekdays, when only a single movie is screened at the Narrow Gauge. On the weekends, double features are show for a slightly higher admission price. The drive-in still offers a great deal for both single and double features with only charging for the vehicle. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

15 Front St, Farmington, ME 04938, Phone: 207-778-4877

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3.Bangor Drive-in

Bangor Drive-in
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The Bangor Drive-in first opened back in 1950 with just one large outdoor movie screen. An additional movie screen was added to the outdoor movie venue in the year 1978, turning the drive-in into a twin-screen movie theater. Only cash is accepted at the ticket booth, however, the Snack Bar accepts both cash and major credit cards. The Bangor Drive-in is open on a seasonal basis from late Spring until early Fall. During this time frame, the outdoor theater shows double features five nights each week. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Pets that are well behaved and leashed are allowed.

1674 Hammond St, Hermon, ME 04401, Phone: 207-922-3878

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4.Skylite Drive-in

Skylite Drive-in
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The Skylite Drive-in movie theater in Madawaska, Maine is the northernmost drive-in theater in the United States. Customers could actually walk to Canada from the outdoor movie venue if they so wished. The drive-in theater is actually further north than the city of Montreal in Canada, and can be found along Route 1, the East Coast’s own version of the famous Route 66. The drive-in is open seasonally, showing first-run movies in more of an old-school atmosphere. There is also a snack bar that offers the typical movie theater treats. The drive-in has a maximum capacity of three hundred cars.

304 11th Ave, Madawaska, ME 04756, Phone: 207-728-7583

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5.Saco Drive-in

Saco Drive-in
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The Saco Drive-in movie theater is the oldest remaining drive-in in the state of Maine, and the country’s third oldest drive-in still in operation. The drive-in, which first opened back in the year 1939, features a single large outdoor movie screen and is situated just outside the city of Portland. The historic outdoor movie theater is able to accommodate up to five hundred vehicles for a showing, making the drive-in a rather large one. Due to its location so far north, the Saco Drive-in typically doesn’t open until around the middle of May for its season, which then generally runs until September.

969 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072, Phone: 207-284-1016

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6.Skowhegan Drive-in

Skowhegan Drive-in
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The Skowhegan Drive-in theater has been operating since the year 1954. It is a single screen outdoor movie venue that is open seasonally, generally beginning Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. The drive-in is open on Friday and Saturday nights while schools are in session. During the summer, movies are shown on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Pets are not allowed on the grounds of the Skowhegan, and while customers can bring in outside food and drinks, the drive-in strongly encourages its customers to purchase snacks from their concession stand instead. Both the ticket booth and concession stand are cash only.

201 Waterville Rd, Skowhegan, ME 04976, Phone: 207-474-9277

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7.Pride's Corner Drive-in

Pride's Corner Drive-in
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The Pride’s Corner Drive-in theater originally opened back in the year 1953. The outdoor movie venue opened seasonally every year up until 2015. At this time, the family who owned and operated the drive-in were trying to decide whether they should convert the drive-in to digital projection or close it permanently. Digital projection was introduced to the drive-in, and the Pride’s Corner re-opened in 2017. During the summer months, the drive-in is open seven days a week, with it being open typically just during the weekends earlier in the season. In September and October, it is generally open on Fridays and Saturdays.

651 Bridgetown Rd, Westbrook, ME 04092, Phone: 207-797-3154

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More Ideas in Maine: Berry Manor Inn

The Berry Manor Inn is an award-winning bed and breakfast in the heart of Rockland, Maine. The charming Inn offers comfortable home-away-from-home accommodations that exude elegance and grandeur from the Victorian era, as well as all the modern conveniences expected by today’s travelers.

Nestled in a historic residential area just a few miles south of Camden, the Berry Manor Inn is ideally located for exploring the area, which is not only renowned for being a popular foodie destination, but also one of the top adventure towns in Maine. Whether you are looking for a quiet weekend escape for two or an adventurous weekend of hiking and biking, the Berry Manor Inn promises to meet every need and more.

The Berry Manor Inn is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood within walking distance to the historic downtown district packed with shops, museums, art galleries and an array of great restaurants, and the lovely harbor.

The Berry Manor Inn features spacious guest rooms that are individually decorated in luxurious Victorian hues to boast their own character and charm. Designed in an aesthetically pleasing balance of elegance, comfort, and style, rooms feature king, queen or double beds with plush linens and down comforters, luxurious private bathrooms with body jet showers and whirlpool tubs, and cozy fireplaces. Modern amenities include individual climate control with heating and air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions, and complimentary wireless Internet.

Premium Luxury King Rooms are decorated in earthy tones and natural hues, feature unique king-size beds with plush linens and down comforters, and luxurious private bathrooms with vanity and dressing areas, body jet showers and whirlpool tubs, plush towels and deluxe bath products. Cozy sitting areas have fireplaces and comfortable seating, and modern amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions, and complimentary wireless Internet.

Deluxe Luxury King and Queen Rooms are decorated in subtle hues of moss, gold, and basil, and feature king and queen-size beds with plush linens and down comforters, and luxurious private bathrooms with vanity and dressing areas, body jet showers and whirlpool tubs, plush towels and deluxe bath products. Rooms also have comfortable seating in the form of double chaises and sofas, working fireplaces, and modern amenities such as include air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions, and complimentary wireless Internet.

A hearty home cooked breakfast is served every morning at separate tables and a pantry area is fully stocked with homemade pies, ice cream, soda and other delights for guests to enjoy throughout the day.

The Berry Manor Inn presents a host of amenities for both leisure and business travelers, including luxurious accommodations with modern amenities, a delicious complimentary breakfast each morning and a fully stocked pantry with homemade treat and beverages for guests throughout the day.

A fully equipped business center has a computer with complimentary wireless Internet, printing, copying and faxing facilities, and a modern conference room and breakout areas for up to 24 guests. The meeting room is equipped with large flat screen televisions for presentations, audio-visual equipment, and wireless Internet access, as well as comfortable seating and air-conditioning.

Unique enhancements include chocolate dipped strawberries, truffles, and sparkling wine on arrival, fresh flower arrangements, spa goodie baskets, in-room massages and picnic baskets, and occasion cakes.

Special in-room massages are provided by professional therapists in the comfort of the guest rooms. Spa services include hour-long single and couple’s massages.

The Berry Manor Inn offers a variety of special packages ranging from romantic and elopement weekends to adventure, food, and wine and arts and culture deals. Romantic packages include beautiful flower arrangements, chocolate-coated strawberries, sparkling wine and rose petals, and dinner packages feature a fabulous “dine around” tour of the town’s favorite and most popular restaurants. Several arts and culture packages explore the local museums, art galleries, and historic sites, while adventure deals include mountain biking, hiking, wind-jamming and lighthouse tours.

The Berry Manor Inn is ideally located in a quiet residential neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown Rockland - the geographic center of mid-coast Maine. The region offers a myriad of things to see and do from arts and culture to adventure, as well as the beautiful natural scenery of majestic mountains, rugged coastlines, and historic lighthouses.

There are many excellent restaurants for foodies to enjoy, many of which serves fresh Maine lobster, a specialty of the region, and casual cafés at which to sip coffee and soak up the scene. Midcoast Maine enjoys four distinct seasons, each of which offers unique activities and year-round adventures against a seasonal backdrop of stunning seascapes.

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81 Talbot Avenue, Rockland, ME, 04841, Phone: 207-596-7696

More Ideas in Maine: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

The Shakers were originally called The United Society of Believers. They were established in 1747 in Manchester, England. The group came to be known as the Shakers for the way they would move and shake their bodies during religious gatherings. In 1774, the group’s leader, known as Mother Ann, led the Shakers to move to America. New Lebanon, New York saw the first officially established Shaker Community. During the years that followed, the Shakers would experience growth and persecution. Many of their leaders were killed, but their numbers eventually grew to over five thousand. Communities were built throughout New England and down the east coast.

Established in 1787, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community grew from only a few farming families to over two hundred people. The members of the community worked together to build homes, places of worship, and agricultural structures. Religion and the beliefs compelled the Shakers to ban together and continue their way of life through present day. The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community was among the poorer Shaker communities along the East Coast and experienced many difficulties. Their isolation and poverty only strengthened their beliefs and practices. Today they are the only Shaker Community still in practice today.

Attractions

The Shaker Museum is located inside the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community. It was established in 1931 to educate the public about the beliefs, practices, and lifestyle of the Shakers. Six of the eighteen original structures of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community are available to the public to tour and explore. Twenty-seven exhibit rooms allow visitors to discover and learn about Shaker history in Maine and the surrounding areas. Guided tours are available to give visitors special insight into the Shaker way of life.

Meetinghouse

The Meetinghouse was built in 1794 and was designed by Brother Moses Johnson. Still in use today, the Meetinghouse is the center of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community. In the second floor of the Meetinghouse, exhibits show the evolution of the Shaker Community and show specific details about the Maine Shakers Community.

Ministry Shop

The exhibits in the Ministry Shop showcase several of the prominent figures in Shaker history before the Civil War. The lives of Elders Otis Sawyer and Elizabeth Haskell are highlighted in these exhibits. An additional exhibit in the Ministry Shop details the growth of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community’s orchards and their history of producing fruit.

Sister’s Shop

Exhibits in the Sister’s Shop shows the goods made by hand and various crafts that the women in the Shaker Community have produced throughout the years. The exhibits highlight the products manufactured during the Victorian era through the 1960’s. It also shows the Shaker’s interest in modern technology. In the Sister’s Shop, visitors can watch the production and packaging of herbs and herbal teas which the community uses as a source of revenue.

Granary

Built in 1816, the Granary has an exhibit detailing the various buildings that have been on the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community’s property over the years. The exhibit contains visual representations of Shaker life in the past and present. It also displays relics, videos, and memorabilia from the community.

Educational Opportunities and Community Involvement

Retreats at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community give participants the opportunity to experience and learn more about the Shaker way of life over the course of a weekend. Members of the retreat will complete daily Shaker tasks, learn about Shaker religion, and have opportunities to socialize with members of the Shaker community.

Workshops at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community

Workshops are available to teach the public skills and trades Shakers have developed over generations. The Shakers are known to be skilled craftsmen and enjoy the opportunity to teach others what they have learned.

Museum Research Facilities

Research facilities are available at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community and open to the public. The Shaker Community invites others to take advantage of the history, literature, and artifacts housed in the Museum Research Facilities.

Special Events

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community opens their community to the public during the months of June and July to sell a variety of herbs and plants. The plant sale is held at the Visitor’s Center. This is just of many events the facility holds every year.

Shape Note Singing

The Shaker Community holds an annual Shape Note Singing event where shape note singers come from around Maine and the surrounding states to sing together acapella style. This event is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to join in.

707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, Maine 04260, Phone: 207-926-4597

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More Ideas in Maine: Great Duck Island

Located along the Gulf of Maine near the entrance to Frenchman Bay, Great Duck Island is a 1.5-by-0.5-mile island that is incorporated as part of the town of Frenchboro, ME, serving as a black guillemot nesting colony, natural preserve area, and ecological research station.

History

Great Duck Island is believed to have been uninhabited prior to its 1837 purchase by William Gilley. In 1890, the Great Duck Island Light lighthouse was constructed on the island, and throughout much of the 20th century, the island was inhabited year-round by light station keepers and summer visitors from the mainland. Much of the island’s land was purchased by Bill and Ellen Bigenho in 1949, who came to the island in search of buried treasure from 16th and 17th-century pirate activity in the area. In 1963, the Bigenho’s land was purchased by Boston therapist George Cloutier, who operated an experimental psychiatric clinic and intentional community, complete with a landing airstrip, on the island until 1979. In 1985, the island was purchased by the Nature Conservancy and the State of Maine for the purposes of creating a nature reserve and birding habitat. In 1986, the Great Duck Island Light was automated, and in 1998, the light station was purchased by the College of the Atlantic for the purposes of creating an ecological research center. The lighthouse was renamed the Alice Eno Biological Station in 2000.

Attractions

Today, Great Duck Island is primarily uninhabited year-round, with the exception of island tourism. The island is incorporated as part of the town of Frenchboro, Maine along with 12 other islands within the Gulf of Maine, including nearby Little Duck Island. The 1.5-by-0.5-mile island is mostly maintained as a natural wildlife preserve and nesting habitat for the largest known colony of black guillemots in the state of Maine. According to estimates by the Nature Conservancy, the island is assumed to house one-fifth of the state’s nesting bird population.

The buildings of the island’s Great Duck Island Light station still stand, including its original lighthouse facility, fog signal building, head keeper’s house, storage facility, and boathouse. The light station is owned by the College of the Atlantic and operated as the Alice Eno Biological Station, which conducts a variety of ecological research programs on the island. Much of the island’s research focuses on populations of nesting birds, including a research initiative studying the nesting habits of the Leach’s storm-petrel. Though the grounds of the facility are not open to the public, periodic birdwatching tours to the region are offered by the College of the Atlantic.

Visitor accommodations on the island are offered at the Great Duck Island House, constructed in 1986. The house is the only private property on the island and is located on a five-acre property on the island’s northeastern point, offering views of the island’s shoreline and the nearby waters of the Gulf of Maine. Though the land of the island is closed to general day trip visitors, Great Duck Island House renters may explore the island during their stay. The property is available for weekly overnight rentals from May through September, with an additional booking fee required for water taxi transportation to and from the island. The home sleeps four visitors maximum and offers a variety of amenities, including a full kitchen with refrigerator and appliances and an outdoor lounge area with chairs, benches, and a hammock. Electricity is provided by solar panels on the house and water is provided by a nearby well, though bottled water is provided for drinking and cooking. Flashlights, binoculars, a television and DVD player, and books and games are also provided for visitors. Visitors must supply their own food, which may be purchased from several nearby markets, including Southwest Harbor’s Sawyer Market, which provided delivery to the island’s dock for an additional fee.

Great Duck Island House visitors may explore the island at their leisure, with respect to nesting bird populations. Outdoor activities on the island include hiking, picnicking, bird watching, and fishing. Swimming is also permitted in the waters surrounding the island, though visitors should bring wetsuits, as the ocean water temperature is very cold. Visitors should be advised to wear hiking boots for island exploration, as the island’s terrain is rough and undeveloped.

In addition to visitor stays at Great Duck Island House, exploration of the island by boat is also offered as part of boat tours by the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. The company’s Lighthouse and National Park Tour is offered from May through September and showcases the Great Duck Island Light facility, along with the light stations at Egg Rock, Winter Harbor, and Bear and Baker Islands. Some tours also explore Bass Harbor Light and Somes Sound, depending on weather conditions. Coastal mansions and locations at nearby Acadia National Park are also explored as part of the tour.

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