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Sunset Drive-In Theatre
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The classic experience of a drive in is something that many baby boomers grew up enjoying. And Sunset delivers a good one by offering many of thing things that make a drive-in work. Under each screen there is a playground to keep the kiddos happy leading up to the film. The snack bar has a grill so you can get you fried happiness along with the popcorn, candy, and soda. Most of the spaces are car audio via FM station but there are a few that still have the vintage hang in the window style of speaker. The double feature makes for a nice marathon of watching goodness.

There will definitely be some challenges for drive-ins in the coming years with the end 35 mm film and the switch to digital only format. The investment of about $75K for the new equipment will be a real hurtle for every owner who has to balance his business against the modern economy. So come out to the Sunset while the watching is sweet and in the open air.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is like the old drive in, but you get 4 choices. We go and set up lawn chairs in the back of my Baja and love it. Cheaper than all the local theaters...obviously you pay by the person. Also...since gone are the days of the audio that hooks onto your car, you will use your car radio (and battery) to hear the movie. It's not a bad idea to start your car for a few minutes mid-movie just to make sure you'll make it through the night. (There was also a very nice guy who went around at the end of the night and jump started cars, although I don't know if that's a nightly event.)

Thank bbrodie
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Great drive in theatre. We loved it, but do take some stuff with you to avoid being eaten by mosquitos.

Thank Babarage
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Took my grandkids to Vermont this past weekend and had to bring them to the drive-in on Saturday night. They had never been to a drive-in so this was great to see them getting excited about their adventure. We pulled in and lifted the tailgate and got them all set to see Planes. It was a great night and although we left after the first movie we could have stayed for all three. We don't have any drive-ins left in our area so it was real fun to sit back and enjoy ourselves.

Thank NewYorkJameson
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

They show first run movies on four screens. It's always a double feature and sometimes a triple feature (if you can manage to stay up that late). It's a really good deal too, $8 per person for adults. You can sit in your car or outside in chairs or on a blanket. All the audio is on designated radio stations that you can either play on your car radio or bring a portable one. Great for families and people with dogs and really anyone. We usually bring our own snacks but they do have a concession stand. They are also currently building a small motel on the property.

The only reason for 4 stars and not 5 is the restroom situation. There are not enough of them and they are tiny. The ladies room has maybe 5 stalls and it is in real close quarters. The bf reports that the mens room is worse. That the guys are standing shoulder to shoulder in there.

Aside from that, I love this place and highly recommend it for a nice summer evening.

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