Manchester Drive-In

US 6 and Morancey Road,
Bolton, CT 06043

515 cars

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Manchester Drive-In

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It opened in 1953 and closed around 1984. For sale in 2005. It had a playground on premises. A skeleton screen remains as well as the marquee, concession stand and projection booth.

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mark edmunds
mark edmunds on June 15, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I ventured there sunday and to my dismay.. I don’t know how old the the opening description above is but after blazing a trail into the woods the only remaining sign was the rusting screen tower frame and a patch of screen. the vegetation growth was incredible, you could make out the ‘ramping’ and a few fence post along the entrance way but I found none of the above and my friends got lost in the maze of trees and shrubs that have overtaken the area, I thought I was back ‘in country’ for an hour or so. There appears to be a park right along side of this site and I questioned a few hikers about the place but they were surprised to hear it was a drive-in at one time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

MARK. THE MANCHESTER DRIVE IN IN 1956 parked 515 CARS AND AT THAT TIME WAS OWNED BY B. MENSCHELL AND J, CALVOCORESSI. I WISH I HAD MORE BUT THAT IS ALL IN THE 1956 MOTION PICTURE ALMANAC.

sandyrand
sandyrand on July 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

When did the drive-in close? The last time I was there, when I lived in CT, was September of 1981. They were showing “Student Bodies” and “Saturday the 14th”. Both lousy movies, but we all had fun! This was also the best drive-in to sneak into. They NEVER checked the trunk!!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Maybe if so many of US didn’t sneak into the Drive-in,more would be open.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

It closed in the early 80'sa. As you see from my pictures it was very overgrown as of 2003 (http://www.cinematour.com//tour/us/12617.html). I can only imagine what it is like today!

Gonar
Gonar on December 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I was there 5 or 6 years ago and the counter and ice machine were still there but I went back last weekend and the concession stand had been gutted with a strong burnt smell coming from the building. Someone also appears to be living in it.

coventryalumni1984gator
coventryalumni1984gator on August 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm

I was from Coventry High class of 84 . I remember last being there in 84 . It was a place to party . The back rows where it was groups of Coventry high , East Catholic , Wram , Manchester high ect. partying . Also there was a spot where the 4 wheel drive trucks would go into the sand pit in back . I would never see the main movie , just the Three stoodges . I think the place must have closed sometime after the 84 season .

KennyG
KennyG on November 28, 2015 at 10:48 pm

I grew up in Bolton, CT and graduated in 1981. We lived by the lake and every couple of weeks mom and dad would bring us three kids to the “Manchester Drive In”. It was exciting. My dad would make a big batch of pop corn with powered salt and butter, put it in a grocery bag then we all piled into the Ford Falcon Station Wagon. We ate supper early because dad would say, “we gotta get there early to get a good spot!” He was right. It was always crowded! I remember the first time seeing “Chiti Chiti Bang Bang and 101 Dalmatians at that theater. There are a lot of memories there, good and bad. One of our classmates was killed in the sand pit located behind the theater riding a three wheeler or some such motorized contraption. Rest In Peace Peter! But also, really really good times! I brought my high school sweetheart there often. We’ve been married for 34 years and we still live in Bolton. I would love to see the property revitalized, even another theater but to see it sitting there decaying is sad. I’m glad some of us still have these memories. There is so much more I could share. Maybe another time.

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