225 Wilbur Cross Highway,
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The Berlin Drive-In was one of several terrific drive-ins on the Berlin Turnpike, which runs between Meriden and Hartford, CT. Before I-91 was completed in the early 1960’s, the Berlin Turnpike (US Route 5 and CT Route 15) was THE road between these two cities, and featured some tremendous 1950’s/1960’s googie architecture, neon, roadside attractions, and the like.
The Berlin Drive-In fit right in. It opened September 19, 1958 with Mickey Rooney in “Andy Hardy Comes Home” and Guy Madison in “Bullwhip”. It remained a first-run theater until sometime in the 1970’s, when the format changed to adult films exclusively. Demolished in the 1980’s (?) to make way for strip mall/big box development.
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