One of state's three remaining drive-ins offers nostalgia nights

The biggest hit of the summer of 1986 — “Top Gun” — is being screened at the non-profit Southington Drive-In.

The outdoor theater is one of three remaining Connecticut drive-ins that still offer the deeply nostalgic experience of watching a movie under the stars in the comfort of your car.

The drive-in opened in 1955 as a for-profit business and screened movies up until 2002. In 2004, the town of Southington purchased the business and decided to keep it going on summer weekends, staffed entirely by volunteers. Proceeds go to a number of different Southington charities.

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“Top Gun” was one of the 1980s blockbusters that made Tom Cruise into a major star. The story is set at an elite naval aviation training school where the Cruise character falls for a teacher played by Kelly McGillis. Fairfield native Meg Ryan got an early career boost from her performance as the wife of another pilot, played by Anthony Edwards.

The movie’s theme, “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin, became a top ten hit and went on to win the Oscar for best song of the year.

Southington Drive-In, 995 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Saturday, June 30, theater opens at 6 p.m., movie starts at sunset. $12 a carload (walk-ins $2). 860-628-2205