Norwich-New London Twin Drive-In

1080 Connecticut 32,
Uncasville, CT 06382

1400 cars

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The Norwich-New London Drive-In was opened April 8, 1950. Initially a single screen drive-in with a capacity for 1,100 cars, it was operated by the E.M. Loew chain. A second screen was added in April 1972 and the capacity was increased to 1,400 cars. In the summer of 2005, it was for sale and has playgrounds, in-car speakers and a flea market.

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moviectbuff81 on December 21, 2005 at 7:56 pm

The theatre has been for sale some time. I dont believe its used for flea markets anymore. Extensive damage to the playgrounds make them unusable and the ticket booth building also has damage. I believe this is stuck in Probate Court.

JayAllenSanford on July 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm

In the late seventies, one screen went to softcore sexploitation films, which caused some dismay when the other screen would be showing all-age fare, as anyone could look out the back of the car window to see the other screen. It’s amazing this land hasn’t been developed yet, given the proximity to the two new big casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

Norwich-New London Turnpike & Raymond Hill Rd, Montville, CT 06382

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

mtlemieux on July 22, 2011 at 8:10 am

Just discovered that this propery is valued at almost 2 million dollars! Dorothy Wallman, of Peabody, MA, is handling the estate of Melitta Lowes and should really think about doing something with this property! Bring the movies back we Montville residents say!!!

jwmovies on October 31, 2012 at 2:20 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1066 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06382.

mtlemieux on May 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Address above. Selling for an undisclosed amount. 23.5 acres. Saw potential buyer today. Hoping they will bring back the drive-in!

KenLayton on May 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I hope they can reopen this theater. Looks like it has a good potential.

rokcomx on November 9, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Corrections – the Norwich-New London Drive-In Theater opened April 8, 1950 (not 1955), on a 17 ½ acre lot purchased by operator E.M. Leow from Walter and Helen Chabasinski for $100,000. Built by Bruno Weingarten, the opening night included a double feature of It’s A Great Feeling (starring Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson) and Sand (Mark Stevens). In December 1971, construction began on a second screen and an expansion of the physical lot, increasing car occupancy from 1,110 cars to around 1,400 for its reopening in April 1972 under a new marquee, now proclaiming it the Norwich-New London TWIN Drive-In. Bruno Weingarten’s wife Beatrice and her family continued to run the theater with the Leows after he died in 1978, through its closure in the mid-1980s.

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