St. Albans Drive-In

429 Swanton Road,
St. Albans, VT 05478

550 cars

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St. Albans Drive-In

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The St. Albans Drive-In opened in 1948. I was cycling through this town last week and you can’t miss the huge screen, the back of which faces the main road on the outskirts of the town center. The entrance-way is a great 1970’s turquoise as well as the concessions.

The St. Albans Drive-In was closed at the end of the 2013 season, and failed to re-open in 2014 due to either a lack of interest in, or the cost of digital projection equipment.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

artrisc on March 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Unfortunately looks like the land this theater sits on is on the market(probably due to the impending Wal-Mart invasion). If the theater dies, that will be a shame. View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

It parked 275 cars and was owned in 1956 by Higgins Circuit,Dave.

TLSLOEWS on March 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Another Walmart? Maybe the area needs it.

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Drive-In 54 on February 17, 2014 at 8:44 am

Just uploaded some pictures from the St. Albans Drive-In Theater Facebook page.

There website says they are going to be open in 2014!!

mfwills on July 8, 2014 at 6:20 am

It opened in 1948, not 1959. And it ain’t opening any more.

They could not or would not invest in digital projection equipment.

mfwills on July 8, 2014 at 6:28 am

And yes, despite any negative opinion one might have about Walmart, it was needed. There was absolutely nothing (NO. THING.) in the vicinity once Ames closed, unless you wanted to drive to Walmart in Williston (33 miles), Walmart in Cowansville, QC (38 miles) or Walmart or Target in Plattsburgh (54 miles).

Chris1982 on October 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Their website is still up but as mentioned it states that it was not open in 2014.

jordanlage on June 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Visited there in July of 2014. Ghosts, even during the daytime. Never saw a movie at this drive-in, but memories of the drive-in experiences of my youth brought back wistful memories. Check my post for 202 Drive-In, West Chester, PA.

BigScreen_com on July 25, 2016 at 12:26 pm

“After almost three years, the screen at the former St. Albans Drive-In will be coming down.

Handy Buick GMC has purchased 11 acres — approximately half of the lot — and will be taking down the screen soon, according to co-owner Dave Handy."

St. Albans Messenger [May 3, 2016]

TomMc11 on July 24, 2017 at 9:32 am

Interesting to note, all the talk about Wal-Mart above? They DID build one…directly across the street from this Drive-In.

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