Rutland Twin Drive-In

129 VT-4A,
Castleton, VT 05735

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Previous Names: Fort Warren Drive-In, Rutland-Ft. Warren Drive-In

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The Fort Warren Drive-In was opened on May 10, 1949 with Humphrey Bogart in “Dead Reckoning” & “Penny Singleton in "Blondie in the Dough”. It was operated by F. Chase Hathaway. It was closed on October 22, 1975.

In 1977 it was reopened as the Rutland-Ft. Warren Drive-In. On July 22, 1980 it became the Rutland Twin Drive-In. It was closed on August 28, 1988.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

The highest-numbered card among the MGM Theatre Reports is the card for this drive-in in Castleton VT. It’s Card # 608. It’s in the Theatre Historical Society on-line archive under “New England Special Collection”. And it’s not in numerical order: it’s listed between cards 573 and 574. There’s not much activity with these cards after 1950-51 or so, which indicates the Ft. Warren must have opened around then. Unfortunately, no one filled the card out; there is only a photo of a twin-gated entrance. There is a movie poster at left and, if you can read it, you can date the photo from the title.

Kenmore on June 5, 2015 at 9:40 pm

First, the address 129 VT-4A, Castleton, VT will more accurately map the location of the drive-in. You can still barely make out some of the ramps.

Second, there’s something not right or complete about the information to when the theater operated. According to a 2003 aerial overhead photograph, the drive-in already gone by that point in time having last been present in a 1994 aerial photo.

Based on that, either the drive-in was moved to another location or it did not last into the 21st century.

sars on November 14, 2015 at 9:32 am

Between 1945 and 1950, I lived in East Hubbardton, south of Monument Hill. During that time, I frequently visited the Fort Warren drive in, with farm friends just down the road.

rivest266 on November 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm

The Fort Warren Drive-In opened on May 10th, 1949 and closed in 1980. Grand opening ad posted.

dallasmovietheaters on May 17, 2020 at 11:03 pm

In 1977, the Fort Warren Drive-In got new ownership changing its name to the Rutland-Ft. Warren Drive-In. The Rutland Drive-In ceased operations October 22, 1975 so the merger of names was consolation to the diehard fans of the old Rutland.

On July 27, 1980, the facility added a second screen renaming as the Rutland Twin Drive-in Theatre. The Rutland Twin ended operations at the end of the 1988 season. It closed August 28, 1988 with “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “Three Men and a Baby” on Screen One and “Big” with “License to Drive” on Screen Two.

MichaelKilgore on September 11, 2023 at 10:55 pm

Boxoffice, Sept. 22, 1969: “Herbert Goldstein, younger brother of Howard, reported the General Warren Drive-In, Castleton, Vt., enjoyed a pretty good summer despite rain and product shortage. "The Love Bug” proved among the top grossers, Herb added. A fourth grade teacher in the Troy public school system, the articulate, quiet-spoken partner in the Vermont ozoner now lives in Niskayuna with his wife (ex-instructor at Shaker Ridge School, Colonie) and their two children"

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