WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION
FOR THE GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT OF
ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED OUR FUND-RAISING EVENT,
AND TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN AND CONTRIBUTED TO
OUR DIGITAL PROJECTOR INITIATIVE IN ORDER TO
HELP PRESERVE THE PLEASANT VALLEY DRIVE-IN.
We are now very pleased to be able to announce that our
new digital audio & projection equipment was successfully
installed during the week of May 12th, and we ARE open
— Thank You! — for Season 2014, as of Friday, May 16th.
The Pleasant Valley Drive-in Movie Theater has been in continuous
operation since 1947, and under the same ownership for the past
19 years. The theater is located on a 3-acre grass field, bordered
by towering pines, and situated adjacent to the Framington River.
The rural setting hosts a capacity for up to 250 cars and looks like
once upon a time in America. Our old projectors (nicknamed Castor
and Pollack were among the very oldest 35mm film set-ups in operation;
having kept the light on over our PictureShow for more than 60 years .. and,
although that light was sometimes fading over time, they never quit on us!
The antique beasties in the ProjectionBooth were Brenkert BX60's, and lit with
carbon arc. They were originally acquired at an auction in Boston back in 1947,
after being "decommissioned" — having served aboard a World War 2 Navy ship!
And, thanks to the generosity of this Drive-in's many fans and supporters,
our veteran 35mm projectors have now retired (as of Season 2014), and we
begin anew with a digital audio & projection booth, and a brighter picture.
The Drive-in operates on a seasonal basis, and continuing
a 67-year local tradition, the movies begin at dusk. Except in
the most inclement weather, we are serving movies rain or shine
(that'd be MOONshine!), plus food, beverages, and famously fresh
popcorn, April thru October: on weekends in Spring & Fall, and also
on Thursday nites during our peak Summer season. The audio aspect
of the movies is provided with a local radio broadcast: tune to 87.9 FM.