Berlin Drive-In

225 Wilbur Cross Highway,
Berlin, CT 06037

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The Berlin Drive-In was one of several terrific drive-ins on the Berlin Turnpike, which runs between Meriden and Hartford, CT. Before I-91 was completed in the early 1960’s, the Berlin Turnpike (US Route 5 and CT Route 15) was THE road between these two cities, and featured some tremendous 1950’s/1960’s googie architecture, neon, roadside attractions, and the like.

The Berlin Drive-In fit right in. It opened September 19, 1958 with Mickey Rooney in “Andy Hardy Comes Home” and Guy Madison in “Bullwhip”. It remained a first-run theater until sometime in the 1970’s, when the format changed to adult films exclusively. Demolished in the 1980’s (?) to make way for strip mall/big box development.

Contributed by Bob Whitworth

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 22, 2004 at 3:51 am

I vaguely remember driving by the Berlin Drive-In once in it’s X-rated days just before it closed and seeing the screen and the fence. It was right down the road from the Hartford Drive-In and the Pike Drive-In. This would have been in the mid- to late-80’s.

SpikeSpiegel6262044
SpikeSpiegel6262044 on January 31, 2006 at 3:29 pm

I remember the Berlin Drive-In, I was too young to see the movies there. Home Depot and a very good Chinese buffet place is there now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 4, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Here is an excerpt from the Hartford Courant dated May 11, 1968:

Theater Sold for $400,000

BERLIN — The Berlin Drive-in Theater at Rt. 5 and Deming Road, owned by Front Drive-In Theater Inc., has been sold to Darryl-Deb, Corp., according to records on file in the town clerk’s office.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 22, 2017 at 3:30 am

This opened on September 19th, 1958. Grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

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