FAQ & RULES
Frequently Asked Questions and Rules
Q: What is the Mendon Twin Drive-In?
A: It’s America’s most beloved drive-in movie theater, with a proud sixty-two year history. We feature two first run movies on two giant screens in digital video and audio (four films nightly). We have many modern improvements plus Judi’s Snack Bar, Pop’s Beer Garden, and Ernie’s Ice Cream. We're located at 35 Milford Street in Mendon, Massachusetts.
Q: How do I find out the movie schedule?
A: MendonDriveIn.com lists current movies under Now Showing and the upcoming weekend movies under Coming Soon. We announce the weekend schedule every Monday or sometimes Tuesday. Facebook and 508-473-4958 also provide listings.
Q: How much is it?
A: $27 per car or $5 per person over six people to see two movies.
Q: When are you open?
A: Open seven nights a week Memorial Day to Labor Day. Open weekends only before and after those periods. The show starts when it gets dark. For instance, July 4, about 8:45PM. The Box Office, presented by Milford Hardwood Floors, opens at 5pm, 6pm, or 7pm, please check MendonDriveIn.com for any particular night. We open even if it rains, check our Facebook for rare cancellations.
Q: What food and beverage do you offer?
A: Judi’s Snack Bar serves: Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Popcorn Chicken, French Fries, Nachos, Cheeseburgers, Corn Dogs, Hot Dogs, Mac N’ Cheese Bites, Pretzels, Fried Dough, Mozzarella Sticks, Fresh Popped Popcorn, Candy, several soft drinks including Pepsi and bottled water. Ernie’s Ice Cream serves Cups, Cones, Sundaes, Floats, and Richie's Italian Ice. Pop’s Beer Garden serves six draft beers, red wine, white wine, and sangria. (This menu is not complete and is subject to change.)
Q: Wait, you have a beer garden?
A: Yes. Pop’s Beer Garden is the white picket fence area between Screen One and Screen Two. Alcohol must remain in the beer garden. The beer garden has seating and shade and a stage. You can see and hear Screen One, and kids are welcome. We have fire pits, hula hoops, and make your own S'mores kits.
Q: Can I bring food or beverage?
A: Help us create local jobs and make America's most beloved drive-in even better! Enjoy Judi's Snack Bar, Ernie's Ice Cream, and Pop's Beer Garden. Like movie theaters and stadiums, we ask that you please don’t bring your own food or drinks, unless you have a medical/dietary need. We provide free cups of tap water upon request in the snack bar.
Q: What can I bring?
A: We do not allow alcohol, weapons, grills, coolers, kids' electric vehicles, or anything our employees think could cause a problem in terms of safety or bothering other customers. Chairs, blankets, radios, and games are allowed only directly in front of your car (between your car and the screen).
Q: When should I get there?
A: Please leave enough time to buy your tickets at the Box Office, presented by Milford Hardwood Floors, park your vehicle properly, and get some food and drinks. We rarely sell out on weekdays. We sometimes sell out on weekends. If you arrive within the first hour that we open the gates on the weekend, or anytime on weekdays, you should not have a problem but we can't guarentee that we will not sell out at any given time on any given night. Some customers arrive as soon as we open so they can get their favorite parking spaces, set up their chairs and blankets, play games, and visit Pop’s Beer Garden, Judi’s Snack Bar, and Ernie’s Ice Cream before we get busy.
Q: What do I do when I get there?
A: Drive to any of the four ticket windows that are open. Buy a ticket. Drive to Uno’s Screen One (the first screen you see) or Pinz Screen Two (drive along woods to the next lot) depending on which movies you’re seeing. Speed limit is 5MPH. Choose a parking space; you can park facing forward or backward. Uno's Screen One sound is 89.3FM on your car radio, Pinz Screen Two is 90.1FM on your car radio. You can also bring a radio, if it’s tuned only to the movie sound signal.
Q: What are the parking rules?
- Must follow all employee instructions including to move or re-park vehicle. Employee decision is final. Refusal to cooperate will result in ejection without refund.
- Park between two poles; these are the only parking spaces.
- Park twelve inches or less from the pole.
- 2 vehicles park between most sets of poles
- If your vehicle seats are low to the ground, we recommend parking in the first four rows of white poles section close to the movie screen.
- Vehicles close to 6 feet high must park in pink pole section.
- Vehicles close to 6 ½ feet high must park in yellow pole section.
- Height includes your raised hatch or anything that causes the top of your vehicle to be close to 6 feet or 6 ½ feet off the ground.
- Hatches must be tied down, at least one inch below roof, immediately upon arrival. Our parking lot attendants provide string and help; please let us know if you need assistance.
- You can not, for any reason or any length of time, save a space for anyone else. Spaces are strictly first come, first serve, to be fair to everyone.
- Chairs, blankets, people, etc. must be directly in front of your vehicle, not to the side of your vehicle or behind your vehicle.
- Vehicle must point straight at the screen you purchased your ticket for.
- You can not sit on your vehicle roof.
- You can not run your vehicle engine, turn on your lights, smoke, vape, or drink alcohol in or near your vehicle.
- You can not bother your neighbors in any unreasonable way. If management determines that you’re bothering neighbors, you’ll be asked to leave.
- We don't allow vehicles to run the engine during movies, even if it gets cold. Please bring extra sweatshirts and blankets. We sell hot chocolate if the temperature dips below forty degrees.
- Even if you arrive very early, we reserve the right to make you switch spaces with another vehicle if a customer view of the screen is blocked. You will be ejected for moving a cone, fence, pole, or barricade. We can't promise you the perfect parking space.
Q: Can I get there late or leave early?
A: Yes, you can leave before the first or second movie ends. The price is the same regardless of your arrival or departure time, including if you come just for the second movie.
Q: Can I meet my friends at the drive-in or can someone walk into the drive-in after we get there and park?
A: No, you must arrive in the same car, and you can’t meet at the entrance or switch cars anywhere near the drive-in. You can not drop someone off at the entrance so they can walk in to meet you, even family memebers. If you leave a car at the End Zone next door to the drive-in entrance, you’ll be towed at your expense.
Q: When do you serve food and drinks?
A: We serve food and drinks from the time we open until the first movie, during the first movie, and through the end of intermission, right up until the second movie starts. We may end service earlier on slow nights.
Q: Do you have restrooms?
A: Yes, restrooms are available from the time we open through end of the second movie. Drive-In restrooms are outside Judi's Snack Bar facing the Box Office, presented by Milford Hardwood Foors / drive-in entrance.
Q: Can I bring alcohol?
A: No, you can’t bring beer, wine, or any alcohol, or you'll be ejected without refund.
Q: What are the rules for alcohol service?
A: Our TIPS certified bartenders in Pop’s Beer Garden require all customers, regardless of age, to present proper identification: Valid driver’s license, valid state liquor I.D., valid U.S. passport, or valid active duty military I.D. Beer and wine must remain inside Pop’s Beer Garden.
Q: Do you accept credit cards?
A: Yes, we accept credit cards for movie tickets, food, and beverage. We have an ATM machine inside Judi’s Snack Bar.
Q: Do you host parties?
Q: Can I switch screens?
A: No, that’s prohibited by our movie studio contracts.
Q: Can I leave and come back?
A: No, you can't leave and come back for any reason or any amount of time.
Q: Can I play catch?
A: Yes, if you're not bothering other customers. Frisbees, footballs, tennis balls, anything soft is OK. Baseballs are not allowed.
Q: Do you allow dogs?
A: Yes, but they must remain on a leash and be well cared for and controlled at all times by the owner. Dogs are not allowed in Judi’s Snack Bar or Pop’s Beer Garden. Please bring food and a bowl of water for your dog; we’re unable to do this for you.
Q: Can I smoke or vape?
A: Smoking or vaping is ONLY allowed in the Smoking Section behind Judi’s Snack Bar and near Pop’s Beer Garden. Smoking is not allowed in any other place including your own car. We do not allow drugs of any kind including marijuana.
Q: My vehicle has daytime running lights; what do I do?
A: Please consult your owner’s manual before coming to the drive-in and make sure you know how to turn them off so you won’t bother your neighbors.
Q: Will my car battery die?
A: Put your car in the ACC (accessory) position to avoid draining your battery, see your manual before you go to the drive-in. If your car battery dies, go to Register #1 in Judi’s Snack Bar, fill out form, and we’ll provide help at intermission or after the second movie. Please do not expect an immediate jump start; this is a free service which we'll get to when we can.
Q: Do you provide radios?
A: You can listen on your car radio. Screen 1 is 89.3FM; Screen 2 is 90.1FM. We have a limited number of FM radios. Please go to Judi’s Snack Bar, Register #1, you’ll need to leave your license to borrow a radio.
Q: What’s the deal with the Super Slide?
A: The Super Slide is a 140 foot slide. A single ride ticket is $3. A ticket for all you can ride on the Super Slide is $10. We stop selling tickets about a half hour before the previews start. We close the rides when the previews start. We may close rides on a slow night, in bad weather, or for any other reason. Slide may be removed at certain times of the year.
Q: What about charity requests?
A: Charity requests must be mailed, on your organization stationary, with your 5013c, to our office:
P.O. Box 277
Allston, MA 02134
Q: What if I lost something?
Q: Do you sell gift certificates?
A: Yes, go to Register #1 in Judi’s Snack Bar.
Q: What if I need medical attention?
A: We recommend that you keep a first aid kit in your vehicle. For band-aids, please go to Register #1 in Judi’s Snack Bar. For emergencies, see any member of our staff so we can help or call for help.
Q: Can I bring a grill?
A: No. We do not allow open flames of any kind. Candles with one inch wick and no fuel source are allowed.
Q: Do you allow hoverboards?
A: No. Unless your name is Marty McFly.
Q: Do I have to wear shirt and shoes?
Q: How much is a motorcycle?
A: $27 is the charge if you enter on a motorcycle.
Q: How much is a mobile home or RV?
A: $27 if it takes up one space, $54 if it takes up two spaces, $81 if it takes up three spaces, etc.
Q: Can I bring fireworks, drone or a laser pointer?
A: No. Anyone who brings fireworks, drone or a laser pointer or anything dangerous or disruptive will be ejected without refund.
Q: Are there hotels in the area?
A: Yes. We recommend the Courtyard by Marriott Milford hotel, right down the road in Milford, MA. Address: 10 Fortune Blvd, Milford, MA. Phone number is (508) 634-9500.
Q: Do you host other events?
A: Yes, go to event calendar section of this website.
Q: Is the Mendon Drive-In responsible for damage to my car, lost or stolen items?
Q: Do you provide child care?
A: No. You are responsible to watch your children at all times.
Q: Do the rules above ever change and do I need to follow them?
A: Rules may change or be added. Even if the website hasn’t yet been updated, the rules communicated by our employees must be followed. Refusal to follow rules or directions will result in you being asked to leave. If necessary, we’ll ask the authorities to remove you from the drive-in, without refund.
Q: What about anything I saw online, such as rules, specials, etc?
A: We’re only responsible for what WE put on this website and our own social media. We’re not responsible for anything that anyone else puts on the internet regarding Mendon Twin Drive-In. We try hard to constantly update our site with the correct information, however, it’s not always possible to be 100% totally accurate.
Q: Can I get a refund?
A: We don’t issue refunds at the drive-in for any reason. We don’t guarantee that you will have the perfect space/view or that you will like the movies. If something goes terribly wrong, and you wish to request a refund, please mail your receipt to our corporate address and explain the problem in as much detail as possible (where you were, what time, who you talked to, etc). Include your name, address, and phone number.
Q: Who owns the Mendon Twin Drive-In?
A: The Andelman brothers of Phantom Gourmet.
Q: Who’s the best looking brother?