Milford Red and Blue Drive-In

230 Cherry Street,
Milford, CT 06460

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Milford Red and Blue Drive-In

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The Milford Drive-In was Connecticut’s first drive-in theater which was opened May 26, 1939. It had a 500-car capacity. It was twinned and torn down in 1988 for the current incarnation as a Showcase Cinemas 5plex. There was a flea market on site.

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Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on March 29, 2006 at 7:22 am

Recently, the Showcase Cinemas that replaced the Drive In were themselves closed down for a newer, bigger Cine-showbox-plex located in the CT Post Mall, a short distance down the road.

shoeshoe14 on November 1, 2007 at 2:04 pm

The Milford/Orange City Directory from 1939 shows the drive-in as “Drive-In Auto Theatres Corp” on Boston Post Road. In 1942 it becomes “Loew’s EM Theatre”. In 1956 it changes again to “Milford Drive-In”. In 1963 it’s “Northeast Drive-In” and disappears from the 1972 directory.

shoeshoe14 on November 1, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Oops. Forgot to add that the 1963 address is on 230 Cherry Street.

kencmcintyre on May 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Here is an August 1958 ad from the Bridgeport Post:

NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 12:31 am

230 Cherry St, Milford, CT 06460

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

Here is a 1960 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

aktubm on April 29, 2012 at 6:25 am

Saw many movies here during late 60’s & early 70’s. Remember seeing Woodstock, The Incredible two headed transplant, The Dr. Phibes movies and plenty of AIP Corman pictures.

nycsongs on September 27, 2013 at 7:08 am

lol They showed xxx movies in the early ‘80’s. I saw some there and also watched just the top of the screen many times from the pizza place across the street (Mama Teresa’s?).

rokcomx on January 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm

Opened May 26, 1939 (opening day ad uploaded to photos) and originally advertised as the Drive-in Theatre Milford. Operated in the ‘40s by Carl Hellpen for the EM Loew chain, which also ran drive-ins in Montville (Norwich-New London DI) and elsewhere in CT.

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