Riverdale Drive-In

935 Riverdale Street,
West Springfield, MA 01089

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rvrinsea on August 13, 2017 at 1:36 am

As someone who lived in the area as a youth, E.M. Loew’s Riverdale Drive-In closed in 1967 to make way for E.M Loew’s Palace Theater (see separate entry). All mention of the Riverdale Shop’s etc. are to the North of the E.M. Loews property. Originally the location housed a Topp’s department store. Today there is a Costco and the aforementioned Riverdale Shops.

spectrum on January 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

The Riverdale Drive-in closed in the late 1970’s, and by the 1990’s, the space had been redeveloped with various small office and retail buildings. It was located immediately behind the Sack Palace 1-2 and across the street from Showcase Cinemas.

rivest266 on September 11, 2011 at 7:25 am

This opened on May 27th, 1950. Ad posted here.

NYozoner on February 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Here is a 1971 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

AlLarkin on January 23, 2006 at 11:30 pm

Originally farmland. Great irrigation being next to the Connecticut River. Then a small airport followed by the drive-in.

bamqxyx on June 17, 2005 at 11:43 pm

This was a typical drive in of the period. It included a refreshment stand and a playground. I recall playing in my pajamas at twilight before the cartoon which preceeded the feature started.

michacavan on June 15, 2004 at 2:16 am

A friend of my Dad’s bought the neon sign from this drive in. Last I heard he lived Mission Hills California. I don’t know if he took the sign out there with him or not.