Center Drive-In

Division Street,
Derby, CT 06401

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The Center Drive-In was located on the town-line of Ansonia and Derby.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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jlmcea on February 2, 2007 at 4:23 pm

The Center Drive-in theatre was south of Division St. behind McDonald’s, where BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse is today. When I started coming to Ansonia in 1974 it was closed, but the “humps,” projection booth/snack bar, and speaker stands were visible for years. I don’t remember the screen. In 1955 these two rivers flooded and there was at least 10' of raging water over this property. It stood in the “center” of the V where the Naugutuck and Housatonic Rivers meet. Over the years, evidence of the drive-in crumbled, and BJ’s bought the land and built about 1999 (a guess.)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm

This was a rather huge Drive-in parking 900 cars and owned by B.Jacocks.

NYozoner on February 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm

20 Division St, Derby, CT 06418

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

PaperMemories on June 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

The Center Drive-In opened in the early 1950’s as I recall, and was located on the South side of Division St., along the Naugatuck river, just West of the Division Street bridge.
It was a very large area, and took up all of what is now BJ’s and the McDonald’s.

After the “Flood of ‘55”, the screen was re-built, the concession stand was cleaned up, repainted, etc. It operated for several years after that, into the 1960’s. Subsequently, it became a golf driving range for a few years.

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