Candlelite Pix Drive-In

110 River Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06601

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In the 1955 edition of Theatre Catalog, the Candlelite Drive-In was listed as (Under Construction) by E.M. Loew.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on June 20, 2005 at 11:45 pm

Wasn’t this called the Candlelite Pix?

110 River St.

RobertR
RobertR on June 20, 2005 at 11:54 pm

Maybe they shortened it for the ad but when they were playing a Hammer double bill of “Scars of Dracula” and “Horror of Frankenstein” they listed themselves as Candle Pix Drive-In.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on June 21, 2005 at 9:08 am

Oh, yeah. I forgot that this most surely was a twin. One screen was the Candlelite and the other screen was the Pix.

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on March 31, 2006 at 11:41 am

Yes, it was a twin screen theater and I spent many happy moments hearing the movie on one screen with my head turned around watching the movie on the other screen. The snack shop sold drive-in pizzaa that tasted like tomatoes on rotting cardboard and egg rolls that tasted like molten shoe leather, but, if it could be brought back, I wouldn’t change a thing!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 13, 2007 at 2:02 am

This story is dated 5/2/55:

Roger Bailey, of Patchogue, LA captured the 25-lap feature midget auto race at Candlelite Stadium yesterday afternoon. The racing program marked the close of Candlelite Stadium as a sporting arena and it will be torn down for a drive-in motion picture theater which is expected to be completed before July 1.

Part of the grandstand and all the bleachers on the left field side of the baseball diamond already have been razed. The several hundred fans who watched the midget racers yesterday sat in the right field bleachers and on the terrace.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 7:05 am

Here is an August 1958 ad from the Bridgeport Post:
http://tinyurl.com/phga6u

RobbieG1966
RobbieG1966 on September 19, 2010 at 2:18 am

I remember going to this drive in with my parents when I was a kid. I was probably only about 4 or 5 years old, maybe 6, so the year was probably 1971 or 1972.

My uncle’s construction company was in the same area as the drive-in. I remember the drive-in closed and my dad and I would drive past it to go to my uncle’s office. In my memory I can still see the tall gray metal wall with the letters PIX on it (it was probably the backside of the movie screen). I beleive when it was an operating theater, the PIX letters were made of red neon lights.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 5:37 am

Here is a 1960 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

Qatsi
Qatsi on June 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

I remember being at one screen and watching the movies on the other screen at the same time. We saw a Bruce Lee triple bill (Enter The Dragon, Fists Of Fury and The Chinese Connection) there 2 nights in a row. There were 7 or 8 of us cramped into my ‘66 Riviera. I think “Blacula” and “Abby” on a double bill were the last films I saw there.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on May 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

The Pix Drive-In opened on July 29, 1955. This was located on River St. at North Washington Ave, next to the recently-closed Candlelite Stadium. Just over a month later on September 2, the Candlelite Drive-In opened on the old stadium site at River and Evergreen Sts. After the 1956 season, the two drive-ins merged under the E.M. Loew’s banner and opened as Candlelite-Pix Twin on April 5, 1957. From Historic Aerials, you can see the stadium in the 1949 satellite photo; followed by the drive-in sites in the next available photo from 1960.

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