Plainville Drive-In

308 New Britain Avenue,
Plainville, CT 06062

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Plainville Drive-In

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The Plainville Drive-In was a classic 1950s-style drive-in theater that was operating into the 1980’s. By the summer of 1993, it had closed.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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SteveC
SteveC on July 28, 2005 at 5:03 pm

This great drive-in closed after the 1987 season for a development project that flopped. It was finally torn down around 1997 for a strip mall. The Loews multiplex actually was built on land adjacent to where the drive-in stood. This drive-in held 1100 cars and was one of the most popular in Central CT.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 28, 2005 at 5:11 pm

The former KMart store is where the drive-in stood. The Loews cinema is where an auto racetrack was.

monkeeman1966
monkeeman1966 on May 3, 2010 at 1:19 am

They had two screens.

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Steve

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

March 24,1970 and “CACTUS FLOWER” is playing along with “SOUTHERN STAR” In-CAR HEATERS!

sepiatone
sepiatone on February 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Cinema Tour lists the Plainville’s construction year as 1954. Can anyone confirm?

cablepuller
cablepuller on January 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

That would have been Tinty’s race track next door. I worked for the Perakos family at the Palace in New Britain, the Elm, and both the Plainville and Southington Drive-Ins. So sad to see it all gone. Old man Perakos promised me a job as I was leaving for the Viet Nam war in 1964. I just never went home again.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Added Goggle Earth view 1991

cablepuller
cablepuller on January 29, 2012 at 7:04 am

What a terrific photo! Thanks hispeed54!

cablepuller
cablepuller on January 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

I remember using the company pick-up truck, International Harvester, with a couple of my friends. We decided to see how fast we could drive over the ramps, maybe even get air borne. I bent the frame of the truck and the Perakos boys were not happy with me that day.

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