East Hartford Family Drive-In

253 Chapel Road,
South Windsor, CT 06074

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East Hartford Family Drive-In

Located just off U.S. 5. The East Hartford Family Drive-In was opened July 31, 1954 with Alan Ladd in “Botany Bay” & Doris Day in “Calamity Jane”. It was operated by Bernard E. Francis. It was later owned by the SBC chain. Asking price for the land is a couple million dollars. According to the few comments on the drive-ins.com website, it featured and still has standing, a concession booth, ticketbooth, skeleton screen and marquee. It was demolished in early-2020.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Kenmore on May 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Here is a recent Google Image of the area. http://tinyurl.com/klrzs2e

Kenmore on March 2, 2016 at 7:16 am

A more accurate address (at least for Google purposes) is 253 Chapel Road, South Windsor, CT which I assume is a suburb of Hartford. http://tinyurl.com/zngvx5g

rivest266 on February 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm

This opened on July 31st, 1954. Grand opening ad in the photo section

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm

This drive-in was demolished earlier this year. The site has been completely leveled and no trace of the drive-in remains.

pizza_impala on March 30, 2020 at 1:51 pm

There is now a 10 foot ditch for many acres of what used to be here. Too sad, I was going to explore it.

davidcoppock on March 30, 2020 at 10:39 pm

Opened with “Botany Bay” and “Calamity Jane”.

Collegeguy1342 on August 9, 2020 at 10:36 am

I’m so sick pf this. I have contacted every towns historic society and the ct historic board to try to save these places. Ive tried to buy them. With thos one I contacted the state. No one gives you the time of day.

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