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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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 11:11 pm

March 24 1970 and “BOB,CAROL,TED,ALICE” is playing along with a second feature called “THE MAD ROOM” in car heaters!

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

The address for this drive-in is 935 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.

DaLoEnt.com
DaLoEnt.com on July 20, 2013 at 2:33 am

★★★Since the lions-share of this ozoner was demolished by the genius powers that be, and the current operators only screen one film, I do not consider this a legitimate Drive-In Theatre.★★★

DaLoEnt.com
DaLoEnt.com on July 20, 2013 at 2:39 am

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

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on September 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Why not add it as a new theater on here?

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on September 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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 6:44 pm

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
spmahn on December 13, 2013 at 9:56 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 14, 2013 at 4:44 am

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.

DaLoEnt.com
DaLoEnt.com on December 16, 2013 at 9:26 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

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