Pleasant Valley Drive-In

47 River Road,
Barkhamsted, CT 06063

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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 2004 (the Mansfield Drive-In is the other one). Its single screen, 200 car capacity, is open seasonally on the weekends 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.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

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 on August 7, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Play Magazine (alternative arts weekly, New Haven area) had a great piece on this drive-in and the Mansfield theater last week. View link

shoeshoe14 on September 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Excellent article on this theatre in the NYTimes CT Section.

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 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 on November 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I called the drive-in today hoping to find out when they open for the season. Instead I got a recording that their phone number is no longer in service. That is never a good sign. Does anyone know anything?

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.

bicyclereporter on September 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

thanx. don’t know why that happened. this is the title for the above link.

“Pleasant Valley Drive-In Struggling To Stay Open In Digital Age”

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