Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre

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Wellfleet Drive-In

Wellfleet Drive-In

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Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre

This acrylic painting depicts a summer’s evening screening of Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller; “Jaws”, at the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre.

The Wellfleet Drive-In, and surrounding complex, has a long history spanning the decades.

The Drive-In was the first part, built in 1957 by principal owners John (Don) Jentz, Charles Zender, and other partners.

On July 3, 1957, the first movie ever shown was “Desk Set”,starring Katharine Hepburn.

Some other classic features that have graced the screen are:
“BEN HUR,” “JAWS,” “STAR WARS,” and “ET.”

In 1958 screen supports were installed to help withstand strong Cape Cod winds from hurricanes and Nor’Easters. 

The original speaker boxes still sit on the poles, though you now have the better option of listening through your car radio.

In 1961 the mini-golf course opened to entertain customers waiting to watch the movie, or other families and tourists looking for a fun round of put-put. There have been a few slight alterations to the course over the years, but it largely remains the same as it did in the sixties.

The Flea Market then made its debut in 1974 and is most well-known for being run by Eleanor Hazen. Vendors come from far and wide to sell all kinds of antiques, jewelry, apparel, handmade crafts, and collectables that you can’t find anywhere else.

The year-round indoor Cinema complex was added in 1986. It features 4 screens and the best, freshest popcorn you can find. Over the years Dolby Digital surround sound and 3D capabilities were added . In 2013 we switched all of our projectors over to digital (Barco Digital Projection).  The advancement was encouraged industry-wide and allows the newest movies and biggest blockbusters tobe shown with the clearest image and best sound possible.

Today you can enjoy all the nostalgia from years past, with the comfort and quality of the newest innovations.

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