Southington Drive-In

935 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike,
Southington, CT 06479

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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 I hope “badly lit DVDs onto a dilapidated screen” is hyperbole, or at least an outdated description.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?

The Drive-In Guy
The Drive-In Guy 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

bicyclereporter on September 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

Why not add it as a new theater on here?

The Drive-In Guy
The Drive-In Guy 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??

The Drive-In Guy
The Drive-In Guy on July 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

★★★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.★★★

jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

This drive-in will reopen on June 26, 2010 as a single screen venue run by the town. Capacity will be 300 cars and it will show movies on Saturday nights through the summer.

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monkeeman1966 on May 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

I have a short video of this drive -in…

Shot around 1991.

schummi on March 28, 2008 at 4:34 pm

I was there a couple of week ago and took these photos (one of which, Lost Memory already linked you to above):

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anexwaterburian on June 16, 2007 at 7:38 pm

See a 1955 newspaper ad for the Southington Drive-In with its “giant curved Cinemascope screen” at View link

mbspeed on July 24, 2006 at 2:33 pm

This place was owned by the same family that owned the Elm Theater in West Hartford. I worked at this drive-in occasionally as their relief projectionist.

It took a helluva bright bulb to get through that night air and onto the screen clearly! We’d broadcast sound in AM stereo since most of the window-hanging speakers had died. The gals in the concession stand would always bring me a bucket of french fries when they knew I was working. (Good to have friends in the right places, eh?) On weekend nights we’d have to contend with the baseball field directly behind the place since they had tons of lighting for night games. It would wreak havoc with our screens and we battled constantly.

Still, this place was virtually a license to print cash on a Friday or Saturday nights in the summer. We’d have to turn away cars because the place was filled for every show. How many theaters can say that?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 21, 2004 at 5:45 pm

The Southington Drive-In closed after the 2002 season because the owners wanted to make a killing selling this property even though the drive-in was still profitable. Screen 1 has already been removed. While screen 2 remains, the property will become parking for enarby Recreation Park and will be used for flea markets, fairs, and the like.

johnspark on December 21, 2004 at 10:00 am

i went to this drive in naked one time