To Our Patrons:

In 2016, we received a certified letter from the Maine Attorney General’s office, Tobacco Enforcement Program, along with the 4 other Drive-In Theatres in our fair state.

It notified us that as an eating establishment serving food to patrons outside, we were in violation of the Maine No Smoking Law in that not only must our buildings be smoke-free, but all areas of our property, including your private cars while parked on it, must be smoke-free.  It also mentions that fines will be levied against the operators of the Drive-In for every violation noticed.

Thus, effective immediately, the entire Skowhegan Drive-In must become smoke-free, even within your vehicle.  If you are discovered smoking on the property, even within your vehicle, you must cease & desist or leave the property immediately.

This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and e-cigs, including all items lit or heated for inhalation.

If you have any questions or comments on this law, please contact the Maine Attorney General’s Office at  .

Thank you for your understanding.


Relevant sections of Maine Statutes:

§1541. Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings. (excerpted)

1-A. Electronic smoking device.   “Electronic smoking device” means a device used to deliver nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that may be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the device, including, without limitation, a device manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic pipe, electronic hookah or so-called vape pen.
6. Smoking.  “Smoking” includes carrying or having in one’s possession a lighted or heated cigarette, cigar or pipe or a lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for human consumption through inhalation whether natural or synthetic in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” includes the use of an electronic smoking device.


§1543. Posting signs

Signs must be posted conspicuously in buildings where smoking is regulated by this chapter. Designated areas must have signs that read “Smoking Permitted” with letters at least one inch in height. Places where smoking is prohibited must have signs that read “No Smoking” with letters at least one inch in height or the international symbol for no smoking.

§1550. Smoking in outdoor eating areas

1. Definition.  As used in this section, “outdoor eating area” means a patio, deck or other property that is partially enclosed or open to the sky that is permitted for outdoor eating or drinking under the control of an eating establishment, as defined in section 2491, subsection 7, as long as food or drink is served by the eating establishment to the public for consumption on the premises.
2. Smoking prohibited.  Smoking is prohibited in an outdoor eating area if the outdoor eating area or any portion thereof is open and available for dining and beverage service.
3. Notification; request for compliance.  An eating establishment with an outdoor eating area shall post signs in accordance with section 1543, notify its patrons of the prohibition on smoking in outdoor eating areas and request that all persons within an outdoor eating area comply with this section.


§1545. Penalty

A person who violates any provision of this chapter commits a civil violation for which a fine of $100 may be adjudged, except that a fine of up to $1,500* may be adjudged for each violation of this chapter in cases when a person engages in a pattern of conduct that demonstrates a lack of good faith in complying with this chapter.

* Since we’ve been warned, the next violations may be the $1,500 variety, to US, not to the violator.