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375759 09: "Me, Myself & Irene" and "Chicken Run" light up the screens at the Fiesta drive-in movie theater in Carlsbad, New Mexico, August 10, 2000. The death of the drive-in has been proclaimed far and wide. Back in the 1960s, more than 4,000 operated in the nation, according to the United Drive-In Theater Owners Association. Today there are around 500 throughout the nation. Drive-ins originally were built on the outskirts of town, where land was inexpensive. As cities grew so did property values, and many of the theaters were razed in favor of housing developments and malls. In the late ''70s and early ''80s, competition from indoor theater multiplexes and home videos helped reduce the number even further. But some of the surviving drive-ins are making a comeback such as the Fiesta drive-in that has been running for the last 10 years. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

What’s the saying…? Necessity is the mother of invention? Yes, that’s it!

During the strange times of quarantine life, social distancing and masks, some business will fail, that is a certainty. But some will get incredibly creative in order to survive and that is happening on old Route 1 in Saugus. At least, it’s hoping to!

Bob Wong, owner of one of Boston’s most famous eating and drinking establishments, The Kowloon, is looking to convert part of their large parking area into an outdoor movie theater and car hop service, pending town approval. The restaurant has long been a Boston tradition, serving up Asian favorites for 70 years.

Wong said, “It’ll be like a drive-in movie theater where you can bring your family and enjoy Chinese food, drinks and watch a movie, It’s basically an idea of adding onto capacity by having outdoor activities. You have to think of different ways to maximize your revenue.”

Saugus! Let’s do this! I’ll take the Saugus Chicken Wings and a Scorpion Bowl please. Can I bring my lawn chair?

 

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