Mansfield Drive-In

228 Stafford Road,
Mansfield Center, CT 06250

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Showing 9 comments

rivest266 on February 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm

This opened on April 16th, 1954. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

bicyclereporter on September 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

Good story in the Courant about “go digital or go dark” in relation to the Pleasant Valley Drive-In. This theater among others in the state are mentioned.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Thanks Sandy R.I never liked radio sound.

sandyrand on July 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

One of the darker features to the Mansfield Drive-In was in the early ‘80’s. They did show X-Rated fare. This was in the late fall and early winter months. There were several wrecks on Rt. 32 caused by people seeing the screen from the road. At that time there was only one screen and was clearly (yet dimly) seen at all times of the year! I left Willimantic in 1983 for Florida, but remember seeing dozens of great movies in the 70’s and early 80’s. The playground was always nicely maintained. The only gripe I had was that back then, the speakers were frequently non-operational. Cars were always jockeying for a speaker that worked!

shoeshoe14 on September 15, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Excellent piece in the NYTimes CT Section on this and the other drive-in.

shoeshoe14 on August 7, 2007 at 7:55 pm

There was a great piece on this theatre as well as Pleasant Valley Drive-in in last week’s Play magazine (weekly) in the New Haven, CT area. View link

moviectbuff81 on December 22, 2005 at 6:48 pm

I went to Mansfield Drive-In this past summer. Being a virgin to theatre drive-ins it was an interesting experience. I love the fact that they have double features. One tip is to get there early to get a good front row spot. The concession stand offers hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, ice cream, popcorn, soda, headache pills, and mosquito spray. The restrooms though clean look like they came out of the 1960’s. They have a playground for the kids open until dark and the FM reception is really good. Bring a blanket because even in the summer at night it gets cool outside. Intermission time is a good time to get refreshments between the movies and watch the dancing popcorn. I look forward to going back in the summer.

mentaltypo on July 22, 2005 at 11:13 pm

Mansfield does sometimes stay open until October – it simply depends on the season. Also, ticket prices are now, as of 2005, $8 for adults and $4 for children (Children 3 and under are free, while 12 and up is considered an adult.) Carload night is Wednesday, and is $16. Check out the website at for recently updated info, such as the movies currently showing.
(I heart my drive in.)

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on October 26, 2004 at 4:25 am

Actually, the Mansfield’s season runs only through September. It is the other CT drive-in, the Pleasant Valley, that runs through October.