Southington Drive-In may return

posted by Roger Katz on April 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

SOUTHINGTON, CT — The Southington Drive-In Theatre which was closed and bought by the town in 2002 may see a second life. A group of local residents want to reopen it despite the concession stand, ticket booths, and original screen having been demolished. They would show movies on the newer screen that was added in 1979.

Work has progressed slowly. Besides the demolition, the parking area has been graded flat and the poles and window speakers are gone. Redevelopment was mostly put on the back burner until 2007, when the town council told the board of parks commissioners to draft a plan. It was at that point that people started thinking about showing movies again, Riccio said.

“We can provide people with low-cost entertainment and maintain a bit of the town’s past,” said Joseph Laporte, a park commissioner.

Read more in the Courant.

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Comments (3)

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on April 6, 2010 at 6:22 am

Do it!!
(signed, Lives 40 minutes away)

“…2007, when the town council told the board of parks commissioners to draft a plan. It was at that point that people started thinking about showing movies again…” How funny, and how pathetic. Like someone posted on the regular page here, the place sold out every weekend. I saw this in its last couple of seasons.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 13, 2010 at 2:37 am

Lets hope they can do it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 14, 2010 at 1:34 am

A very brief history. In 1956 it is owned by P&H Amusement Co. There was no listing on how many cars could get in.

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