The Tip steers users to vintage spots

Beth Lennon, founder of

Laura Keen PHotography

Beth Lennon, founder of


One of Beth Lennon’s first projects for her art degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the late 1980s was to photograph drive-in theaters around the eastern part of the state. The Needham native’s appetite for all things retro stayed with her, and in 2009, Lennon, right, launched www.retroroad
from her home in Phoenixville, Pa. (“where they filmed ‘The Blob,’ ” she was quick to point out).

The lively, well-designed website, organized by topic and geography, includes vintage lunch counters, old-time amusement parks, mom-and-pop motels, retro-road trip destinations, and, naturally, drive-in theaters. Lennon (a.k.a. Mod Betty), who by day works as a web account manager for an online phone directory, hopes to add a smartphone app soon.


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