Middletown Drive-In

534 Saybrook Road,
Middletown, CT 06457

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Middletown Drive-In

Held between 875 and 900 cars. Was opened by 1947. Original owner was Sal Adorno, Jr until at least 1955. He was followed by H. Schwab. It cost $200,000 to build and its screen measured 120 x 52 feet. A fire in the concession building on August 16, 1977 closed the theatre. The date happened to be the day that Elvis Presley died, and the theatre was screening an Elvis Presley tribute program.

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monika on June 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

Now the site of Middlesex Hospital.

MichaelKilgore on March 29, 2019 at 7:04 am

From the June 11, 1955 issue of Billboard: “Sal Adorno Hr., formerly assistant general manager of M&D Theaters, Middletown, Conn., has opened his first drive-in theater, the $200,000, 875-car capacity Middletown on Route 9, Middletown, Conn. The theater features a screen measuring 120 feet wide and 52 feet high. A corner of the concession building is termed the Diaper Den, where mothers may tend their youngsters.”

kennerado on July 7, 2020 at 6:17 am

It was open as early as 1947.

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Rainbow Angels Ensemble on May 19, 2024 at 6:56 am

The Elvis tribute program was a last minute schedule change.

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