Season 7 is in the books, and the Southington Drive-In showed a profit once again. At the Nov. 28 Town Council meeting, Southington parks board chair Michael Fasulo, a member of the drive-in committee, reported the numbers.
“For the record,” said Fasulo, “the total income for the year, including ticket sales, advertising revenue, and vendor fees was $63,845.”
For nearly half a century, the Southington Drive-In entertained the public when they parked their cars in front of the big screen. Just two years after it closed, Southington residents voted to purchase the property in 2004 to expand Recreation Park and enjoy continued outdoor activities at the nostalgic site.
By early 2010, the Drive-In committee had formed to re-open the local hot-spot at 995 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Now that the Drive-In is town-owned, the surplus money at the end of each season goes back into the “kitty.”
Of the total income collected throughout the season, $28,000 will be distributed to the 14 host organizations, amounting to $2,000 apiece. These organizations are Southington Education Foundation, Southington UNICO, United Way, Southington Volunteer Fire Department I and II, Southington Valley Midget Football League, Southington Land Trust, Sorelli D’Italia, The Legion Auxiliary #72, Kiwanis of Southington, Southington Travel Knights Football, Mill Foundation, STEPS, Bread for Life and the Rotary Club of Southington. Other individuals and organizations will be receiving compensation as well.
In addition, money is being put aside for two major projects next season.
“We need to redo the screen and re-create the marquees that were out front,” Fasulo said.
After covering expenses and paying host organizations, the excess revenue going back to the town is about $13,000.
“We are working with the principal at the high school to have the concession stand worked into the curriculum of the business program,” Fasulo said.