'Jaws' to open Southington Drive-In's 10th season

Published on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:14


SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Drive-In Committee has announced the schedule of movies for its 10th season, which starts June 1.

The drive-in, one of only three remaining in the state, is at 995 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. The nonprofit venue is operated by volunteers and local civic organizations and nonprofit groups staff the drive-in each Saturday through Labor Day in exchange for a portion of the proceeds.

The snack bar is operated by the Southington High School DECA Club.

The 2019 season is sponsored by Richard Chevrolet.

“The Southington Drive-In is celebrating its 10th season this year as a community-owned and volunteer-operated facility,” said Dawn Miceli, of the Drive-In Committee. “We’re excited to have reached this milestone.”

In addition to Saturday night movies, which start just after sunset, the Southington Drive-In also offers family games and activities before the start of the movie in the multipurpose field on-site with Southington public school gym teacher and “guru of fun” Eric Korp.

The venue also features a pavilion with surround sound and picnic tables. Walk-ins are welcome to bring their own chairs or view the movie from under the pavilion for $2. Food and ice cream trucks will be available as well.

The Southington Drive-In Committee invites people to discover “reel” nostalgia at the following screenings:

June 1: Jaws, hosted by Unico

June 8: The Little Mermaid, hosted by the Southington Education Foundation

June 15: Back to the Future, hosted by United Way

June 22: Ralph Breaks The Internet, hosted by Volunteer Fire Companies 1 and 2

June 29: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, hosted by Kiwanis

July 6: Bohemian Rhapsody, hosted by American Legion Auxiliary

July 13: Up, hosted by Sorelle d’Italia

July 20: Weekend at Bernie’s, hosted by Southington Rotary

Aug. 3: Ice Age, hosted by Mill Foundation

Aug. 10: Lady and the Tramp, hosted by Southington Valley Midget Football

Aug. 17: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, hosted by Southington Travel Football

Aug. 24: Tangled, hosted by STEPS

Aug. 31 - Ferdinand, hosted by Southington Land Trust

Sept. 7: Captain Marvel, hosted by Bread for Life

On Oct. 26, a Halloween Festival, with movies to be announced, will be hosted by the Lions Club and Southington Community Cultural Arts.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and movies begin at sunset. Once at the drive-in, people can turn their car radios to 89.9 FM to listen to the movie.

Southington residents pay $12 a carload, non-residents pay $18 a carload and walk-ins pay $2 a person. Debit and credit cards will not be accepted.

For more information, follow “The Original Southington Drive-In” on Facebook or visit southingtondrive-in.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:14. Updated: Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:16.