Mar 20, 2014
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Three Drive-In Theaters Keep Classic Summer Fun in Connecticut Alive Against the Odds

 
Three Drive-In Theaters Keep Classic Summer Fun in Connecticut Alive Against the Odds

A photo from the Facebook page of the Southington Drive-In.

Ah, the drive-in movie theater—a classic American summer experience that has gone the way of the dinosaur, or has it?

The list of “dead” drive-ins in Connecticut to be mourned is long and littered with once-thriving landscapes where the rituals of family entertainment and the growing pains of teens played out in the mysterious semi-darkness under star- and moonlit-skies, accompanied by the sound of crackling speakers attached to car windows and food from the concession that went far beyond popcorn.

Fun was had and legends were made at iconic drive-ins on the Berlin Turnpike, in Plainville, Canaan, Farmington, Danbury and so many other towns.

A Connecticut photographer is fascinated with former drive-in theaters

But take heart, this unique form of entertainment and lifestyle experience is not completely gone from the state.

A drive-in movie theater has been revived in Southington, and its website and Facebook page tell fans to stay tuned for news on the 2014 season.

At the thriving Mansfield Drive-In Theatre and Marketplace(left), the flea market is up and running every Sunday and the movies start up again April 4.

See our story: Weekend Discovery: Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace

And at Connecticut’s third remaining drive-in, the Pleasant Valley Drive-In Theatre in Barkhamsted, the owners are working to raise money for new digital projectors, in order to stay open and stay vital.

Drive-ins may not be just down the road all over Connecticut any longer, but the theaters that remain will offer a wonderfully nostalgic way to experience films on the Silver Screen this spring and summer. (Right, Donna McGrane, the owner of the Pleasant Valley Drive In Theatre/Register Citizen.)

Three Drive-In Theaters Keep Classic Summer Fun in Connecticut Alive Against the Odds

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