Monday, December 15, 2014

Torrington Drive-In

Smack in the middle of nowhere with the closest thing being a closing Kmart a few miles down the road sits a hidden gem left over from the 1950's. The Torrington Drive-In located in Burrville, CT was built as a one screen theater in 1950 holding over 400 cars. With the fast and steady decline in popularity for drive-ins the theater closed to the public in 1981. In the late 80's and early 90's the site was considered to be the new home of the Litchfield County Courthouse but those plans never came to be. So today the land sits empty occasionally being the landing point of 1,000's for Connecticut Bike Week.

You never really realize how large those screens are until you are standing bellow one. The trees in which the screen is wired too are permanently grown together as one.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

CT Route 11

In Eastern Connecticut sits an under funded, deserted, and unfinished highway that goes by the official name of CT Route 11. While traveling this road to nowhere it is almost certain you will be alone with no fear of rush hour traffic. Originally proposed to be a direct route from Colchester to Interstate 95, this indirect Route drops you off in the small town of Salem. The year 1972 was the last year of construction leaving a half finished highway with a large unpaved portion complete with carved mountains, two overpass bridges and storm drains.

Plans to revive the construction have been brought up countless times over the years with proposed tolls to fund the project, but each attempt has failed.

Photo by Google Maps

Photo by Google Maps