Pay by the carload at the Mansfield Drive-in. Photo courtesy of Visit CT
Pay by the carload at the Mansfield Drive-in. Photo courtesy of Visit CT

Connecticut Drive -In Movie Theaters to Enjoy Kids' and Family Flicks

There are some family activities that seem to define summer: picking berries, spending a day at the beach, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and, of course, watching a movie under the stars! While you could always catch an outdoor movie from a picnic blanket in a local park, taking in a drive-in movie from the comfort of the family truckster is a special treat. Here are our favorite drive-in movie spots in Connecticut; for more options, check out these outdoor theaters in nearby Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Pleasant Valley Drive-In - Barkhamstead
On Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you and your family can drive in to watch a double feature at the Pleasant Valley Drive-In. Typically the first movie begins at 7 and is G-rated, while the second movie begins at 9 and is R-rated (hopefully after the kids fall asleep). Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up. Under 5 is free. Thursday is carload night for a cool $20 bill (cash only).
Southington Drive-In - Southington
Southington Drive-In is owned and operated by the community and all proceeds are donated to civic organizations in town. Southington shows movies from June all the way into October. Classics are played for the adults (think Jaws) to children's favorites (Wreck-It Ralph). Gates open at 6 pm. Southington residents pay $12 a carload, while out-of-towners pay $18 a car to watch. Bring cash! There are yummy food vendors on-site too if you get the munchies. Fun times for the whole family.
Mansfield Drive-In and Market - Mansfield
There's a lot going on at this drive-in hotspot. Movies run all week through August, and there's a huge flea market during the day on Sundays. Come by on Wednesdays, and pay by the carload ($22). Rated G and R Movies are currently showing, so check the website for more detailed information and for times. Tickets can be purchased online and in person and are $11 for 12 and up. Children under 3 are free.
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