Bowl Drive-In

40 Boston Post Road,
West Haven, CT 06519

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Bowl Drive-In

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The Bowl Drive-In was opened prior to 1955 and was operated by Seymour Levins. The drive-in closed in 1979 but is listed in the 1980 drive-in log. Since closing the screen has been taken down and it became an industrial park.

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greg8370
greg8370 on November 8, 2005 at 1:13 am

the screen was knocked down in spring, 2005

Zweigbaum
Zweigbaum on April 6, 2006 at 12:13 am

Probably the only opening night gala I attended in my pajamas. Opened by the parents of a summer camp bunkmate around 1953, the theatre was always well run and had the added attraction of having a Dairy Queen stand right out front! Passing through several managements the theatre eventually closed, but I had long since moved away and grown beyond the cone with the curl on top. Still, on hot summer nights….

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on March 15, 2007 at 12:47 am

Stopped by the other day. It’s located on the West Haven/New Haven line behind a Dairy Queen “restaurant”. In the vast acreage of weeds is trash, lots of pavement trails and directly in front are huge concrete blocks with the remains of metal fastening of what I presume were lightposts.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on March 15, 2007 at 10:11 pm

I guess it’s not going to become an industrial park.
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Barely down the street at the former Bowl Drive-In site, developer/businessman Joseph “Chick” Celentano is clearing land for the construction of a Penske Truck terminal. Not only will the site house the trucks, but also they will be registered in West Haven, boosting the tax base of both the city and the Allingtown Fire District.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 25, 2007 at 11:00 pm

Nothing of the drive-in is left at all anymore. The land has been totally cleared and a gas pumps and a large building are going up. You can see my photos of it from 2002 at http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/19027.html .

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Here is something from BOXOFFICE,July 1984 on the Bowl Drive-in. West River Associates ,a group of businessmen,Bought the Bowl Drive-in with plans to put an industrial park there.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

U.S. 1 & Marginal Dr, West Haven, CT 06516

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was 40 Boston Post Road. The entrance was just to west of this address, the drive-in was behind where the truck rental is now located.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Uploaded the opening day ad from April 1 1953. In Jan 3, 1957 it was sold by Berk Kruingold to Cinema Circuit.

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