Quinebaug Drive-In

784 Connecticut 131,
Thompson, CT 06262

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Kenmore on January 24, 2022 at 1:24 pm

784 Quinebaug Road, Quinebaug, CT is a better address.

The drive in was located right on the border with Massachusetts. Today, housing exists on the site with no trace of the drive in remaining. The entrance road was just west of where Leo Circle is today.


Dave Lounder THE DRIVE-IN THEATRE PRESERVATION SOCIETY TheDriveInGuys.com on January 23, 2022 at 10:09 pm

Using @jwmovies address; info. from someone close to the area, plus comparing the 1971 aerial (thanks to @NYozoner) to Google Earth, the former Drive-In site is an empty lot. - Dave Lounder

jwmovies on November 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 781 Connecticut 131. Leo Cir did not exist when this was open as runs through where the drive-in stodd.

NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Connecticut 131 & Leo Cir, Quinebaug, CT 06262

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

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

jeanneclaire on January 11, 2008 at 11:06 am

I found this on the Thompson (CT) Historical Society Newsletter (Winter 2003 newsletter):
“Ladies received free flowers and men free cigarettes at the opening of the Quinebaug Drive-In on Rte. 131, near the 4 Corners. Alan Ladd, who later starred in a 1959 movie filmed in Thompson, “The Man in the Net”, starred in “Branded” (1950).

I lived in neighboring Dudley, MA in 1983, and drove by the Quinebaug many times. If memory serves correctly, I don’t recall it being open at that time, I might be wrong.

My ex-father-inlaw owned a Mini-Mansion (renovated and turned into an apartment building) on a lot next to the Drive-In back in the late 50’s/early 60’s. His daughter used to play in the projection booth when the place was closed, in the winter. (Guess they didn’t lock things back then!)

I believe this Drive-in held a capacity of 600 cars.

crownx on October 3, 2005 at 9:11 pm

This Drive-Inn was operated by Interstate Theaters out of Boston, Mass. in the fifties.