Portland Drive-In

Gospel Lane,
Portland, CT 06480

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Had a capacity for 500 cars. Was opened on Glastonbury Road in July 1953, and closed in 1986. The 1955 flood filled the entire field. The concession stand was in the same building as the projection booth.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 2, 2005 at 2:40 am

The concession stand and marquee both still remain.

ctyankee
ctyankee on December 30, 2008 at 12:10 am

I have fond memories of this drive-in theatre. My parents took us to see a double bill of the Bond films From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. When we were leaving that summer night, Shirley Bassey was belting out the title song as the end credits of Goldfinger were playing. In the night air going by all those speakers made for a magical moment, I’ll always treasure.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 4, 2009 at 10:17 am

This drive-in actually opened in 1953, not 1954. The July 11 issue of Boxoffice that year said “Management of the Markoff Circuit arranged an early July opening of the new Portland Drive-In.”

monkeeman1966
monkeeman1966 on May 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

Video (not much) from 1991.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxlLWzSie9w
I have some stills of it too.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 11, 2012 at 12:58 am

Approx. location for this drive-in was NW corner of Connecticut 17 & Main St.

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