Pleasant Valley Drive-In

47 River Road,
Barkhamsted, CT 06063

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Pleasant Valley Drive-In

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The Pleasant Valley Drive-In in Barkhamsted, having opened in 1947, is one of only two drive-ins remaining in the state of Connecticut, as of 2014 (the Mansfield Drive-In in Mansfield Center is the other one).

Its single screen, 250 car capacity, is open seasonally on the weekends and Thursday evenings in peak summer, and shows first run movies. The McGrane family, who also own a local diner, bought this drive-in in 1995 when it was being sold due to its owner fearing competition from a new multiplex being built nearby.

Contributed by Roger Katz

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on April 16, 2006 at 3:17 pm

I just took a ride by the area. The good news is: This theater WILL be re-opening for another season, beginning on April 28 and 29.

mondello1
mondello1 on May 31, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Roger wrote: >>shows second run movies. This is incorrect, eg they recently showed Spiderman 3 and Pirates 3 on their opening weekends. A great theater!

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Excellent article on this theatre in the NYTimes CT Section.
http://tinyurl.com/6ogwv4

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Stopped by two days ago on a bike trip. Smart location, really nothing around but woods and watershed land.

movies10063
movies10063 on September 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm

This place is great the McGrane family is friendly and make you feel at home its awesome getting a burger or fries at the concession stand the kids play ball or frisbee before the show reminds me of old simpler times they even play the old intermission snack ads between shows if your in the area support it its a piece of americana that needs to be treasured.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Above address does not map properly. Use River Rd & Morgan Brook Rd.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on September 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

i was in Cornwall Bridge in late July and saw a sign for movies on the gas station for the beginning of August for Wolverine and Turbo. I’m posting the pic now.

Scotty
Scotty on June 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

They went digital and the picture now is bright and super sharp. The sound went through an upgrade as well. It comes in deep and crystal clear over the radio!

Scotty
Scotty on June 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Here is a link to their site so you can check out their weekly schedule! Pleasant Valley Drive In

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