Meadows Drive-In

Boce Barlow Way & Weston Street,
Hartford, CT 06120

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Held 2,500 cars and included a motorized ride playground for the kids before the movie started. There were 6 concession lines.Was owned by Russo Brothers and leased for 20 years by General Cinema, Corp. It was opened in 1955 and closed in 1975. Hartford-based Cinex Corp. ran it and soon closed.

It claimed it was the largest drive-in in the world and sat on 32 acres. On the property now was the former (torn down) Hartford Jai-Alai, opened in 1976. A car dealership will take its place. There is also a motel, roads, Mcdonalds and a Burger King on the property.

It was one of the first to run TV fights on large screen. Was to be twinned back in early-1970’s but the main screen fell down and the to-be second screen was installed for the replacement.

Contributed by Mike Lupo

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NYozoner
NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 2:59 am

Boce Barlow Way & Weston St, Hartford, CT 06120

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a 1962 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 22, 2012 at 2:19 am

The drive-in entrance itself was on the highway east of Weston. Boce Barlow as well as Jennings did not exist when this drive-in was open.

The intersection above is actually in the middle of where the theatre stood.

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