Southington Drive-In

935 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike,
Southington, CT 06479

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Southington Drive-In

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Your typical drive-in of the 1950’s, this actually opened in 1954. Featured in-car heaters that made the drive-in loads of fun in the winter. The Southington Drive-In had a wonderful neon/flashing light roadside sign which, unfortunately, was downsized to about half its original design sometime in the late-1970’s. Later, a second screen was added, which wasn’t such a bad thing and actually made for better use of the property.

The theater went dark in 2002, one of the last remaining drive-ins in CT. It was reopened on June 26, 2010, as a single screen.

Contributed by Bob Whitworth

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Drive-In Theatre Preservation Society
Drive-In Theatre Preservation Society on July 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm

SDI was located in the Milldale section of Southington. Why no mention of the Queen Plaza house??

bicyclereporter on September 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

Why not add it as a new theater on here?

bicyclereporter on September 24, 2013 at 9:00 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.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

I wonder why they did not move the other screen tower to front of the parking ramps were the original was located at one time.

spmahn on December 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I’m not sure if this should still be listed as “open”, since it really no longer operates as a theater in the traditional sense. It’s just an abandoned drive in that the town park and recs committee uses to project badly lit DVDs onto a dilapidated screen. It hasn’t operated as a theater since 2002.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

It is true that it does not operate as a theatre in the traditional sense. However, during the summer they show movies once per week on the screen and charge admission. To me that still qualifies as open.

Drive-In Theatre Preservation Society
Drive-In Theatre Preservation Society on December 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

‘Open,’ perhaps, but not as a traditional Drive-In, as I’ve posted earlier. I would classify this ‘town park’ as a ‘demolished’ Drive-In, as cannabalized is not an option. ‘nuff said. Dave Lounder

ChasSmith on July 19, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Can someone who’s attended in the last couple of years provide some information on how they actually project movies? I hope “badly lit DVDs onto a dilapidated screen” is hyperbole, or at least an outdated description. How well or badly is the feature projected? How’s the sound? Are there concessions, and how are they?

TomMc11 on July 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

Looking at a current aerial view I would say it is some form of DVD projection. The booth used to project the movies is a tiny box about 50-60 feet in front of the screen. Looking at their Facebook page would seem to back this up. They ARE showing a movie every Saturday from the beginning of June until the end of September with a special Halloween event at the end of October, but every single movie is available on DVD. They did show Beauty and the Beast on June 10th, 4 days after it came out on DVD.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 18, 2017 at 8:19 am

I think it is BluRay

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