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. 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 12:10 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 3:26 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 3:36 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 5:21 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 7:08 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 2:44 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.

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