Danbury Drive-In

Federal Road,
Danbury, CT 06810

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Danbury Drive-In

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The Danbury Drive-In was opened in 1950 with a capacity for 450 cars.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 16, 2005 at 7:03 pm

http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=9449 is the correct link.

The comment quoted above is mine and remains my intellectual property.

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[Deleted] on January 16, 2005 at 7:14 pm

Danbury Drive-In Theatre closed approximately 1985. It was last run by SBC Theatres.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 1, 2005 at 7:42 pm

To confirm some information, according to the 1950 City of Danbury Directory, the Danbury Drive-In was first listed at Federal Road 5 and in 1957 at Federal Road 6. I’m guessing these were lot numbers? and if so, they probably expanded?

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 22, 2005 at 9:48 pm

I found the area today but didn’t have a chance to see it as there was 5 inches of snow. It’s located next to the entrance for HART (Housatonic Area Regional Transit) at 62 Federal Road. The old gate to the drive-in is directly to the left of HART’s entrance.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on March 4, 2005 at 7:42 pm

I went there with a friend today. Had to lock up our bikes and walk it, as there was a foot of snow the whole way. The driveway is quite long with the jersey barriers on the left. A few hundred feet up on the left is another gate, a bulldozer and a neighborhood (beaver brook road) and there’s a large hill overlooking what was the field. Further up the driveway is what is now used as a paintball field with pallets, moguls, metal pipes and other stuff for that sport. It looks like it was an old christmas tree farm after it closed as the main field has a significant amount of small xmas type trees about 5 feet high. the property sign out front says it’s 9.5 acres. the back is marked off with a wooden fence from the neighborhood.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 23, 2005 at 10:19 am

There was a snippit about the Danbury Drive-In in the recent Sunday Danbury paper, The News-Times. It was from the weekly section called, “Looking Back” in which they look back 25, 50, 75 and 100 years. This one was from August 14, 1980 in which they talked about a series of robberies in Danbury and Brookfield and told of the Danbury Drive-In being held at gunpoint and robbed.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 12, 2006 at 5:52 pm

So. Went by today and the whole property’s trees have been cut down to stumps. There’s a sign on the roadway saying it will be the new Saturn of Danbury. Great. More cars.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on June 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

The last film shown was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, according to Danbury historian, Bill Devlin.

The drive-in opened Sept. 6, 1949. The capacity expanded to 908 cars at one time.

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NYozoner
NYozoner on February 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm

80 Federal Rd, Danbury, CT 06810

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a 1955 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricaAerials.com.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

This drive-in opened in 1949 and closed in 1984.

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