Outdoor Theaters in CT

by | Jul 11, 2023 | Community, Events | 0 comments

In a world filled with streaming services and multiplex cinemas, a timeless charm beckons us back to a simpler era of movie-watching. Nestled within the picturesque state of Connecticut, a cherished tradition lives on in the form of drive-in theaters. As the sun sets and the stars emerge, these outdoor cinemas come alive, captivating audiences with the magic of the silver screen from the comfort of their cars. Here are some of the best drive in theaters in Connecticut.

Mansfield Drive-InTheatre & Marketplace, Mansfield, CT  

This theater has entertained people for more than 45 years and been operated by the same local family. It has 3 screens, and the 40 acre complex always features new movies, family-friendly movies, and has signature events throughout the seasons.

Their concession stand puts you in a time machine to the 1950s, serving hot dogs, burgers, fries, soda, popcorn, candy, ice cream, and more. Check their website for showtimes and any upcoming special events. 

Southington Drive-In Southington, CT

Initially opened in 1955 before closing in 2002, volunteers under the name “Southington Drive-In Committee” began the process of reopening the theater at the start of 2010. 

The outdoor theater also has a snack bar run by Southington High School DECA Club, and all the proceeds go towards the organization and other activities. Check their website for more information and show times. 

Remarkable Theater, Westport, CT 

The Westport Cinema Initiative went on a mission in 2011 to bring a theater back to Westport. Finally in 2018, the board of directors merged with a grassroots movement advocating for employment opportunities for the disabled community. 

There is currently no food sold at The Remarkable Theater, so bring your own popcorn, candy and beverages.

Check your ticket, their homepage, or social media for when the theater opens doors and movie start times. This will change throughout the season with the sunset.

As you plan your movie nights under the stars, remember to pack comfortable seating, blankets, and a delicious picnic to make the most of the occasion. Some venues even offer food vendors and pre-show activities, adding to the festive atmosphere and creating a truly memorable outing for the whole family.

These outdoor screenings offer a unique opportunity to disconnect from the busy world and connect with your loved ones in a beautiful natural setting.