Riverdale Drive-In

935 Riverdale Street,
West Springfield, MA 01089

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Riverdale Drive-In

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The Riverdale Drive-In opened in May 27, 1950 on Route 5/Riverdale Street. It was part of the E.M. Loew chain. It had a medium size theater marquee sign along Route 5 and a dirt road leading to a small cashier booth. The screen was very long and behind it was the dike that ran beside the Connecticut River.

It was closed in the late-1970’s, and demolished in 1986 for the building of the Riverdale Plaza Shops. Unlike other drive-ins whose screens were hid from the main road, one could watch the movie from Route 5 which it directly faced.

Contributed by Edward Shear

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michacavan
michacavan on June 15, 2004 at 2:16 am

A friend of my Dad’s bought the neon sign from this drive in. Last I heard he lived Mission Hills California. I don’t know if he took the sign out there with him or not.

bamqxyx
bamqxyx on June 17, 2005 at 11:43 pm

This was a typical drive in of the period. It included a refreshment stand and a playground. I recall playing in my pajamas at twilight before the cartoon which preceeded the feature started.

AlLarkin
AlLarkin on January 23, 2006 at 11:30 pm

Originally farmland. Great irrigation being next to the Connecticut River. Then a small airport followed by the drive-in.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Here is a 1971 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 11, 2011 at 7:25 am

This opened on May 27th, 1950. Ad posted here.

spectrum
spectrum on January 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

The Riverdale Drive-in closed in the late 1970’s, and by the 1990’s, the space had been redeveloped with various small office and retail buildings. It was located immediately behind the Sack Palace 1-2 and across the street from Showcase Cinemas.

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