Pennsylvania Drive-ins

Pennylvania was an early riser among the Drive-in
movie theatre states. It was host to America's 2nd
drive-in movie (opened in April 1934), Shankweiler's,
which is still in operation today, giving Pennsylvania the
added distinction of being home to the oldest D.I. in America.

Within 10 years of Shanks' opening, Pennsylvania had
more than 50 drive-ins, and peaked in the late 50's
with just over 180 in operation. Twenty years later,
less than half remained. Since the Drive-ins' heydey
the number operating in Pennsylvania declined by 80%.

But, aside from longevity, Pennsylvania has staying power ..
being one of the top 5 Drive-in states, with 35 still open.

Here are recent closings and all the remaining Pennsylvania Drive-ins
which you can still enjoy and which will really appreciate your support:

  • Aliquippa (Beaver County) Pennsylvania
    Kane Road Drive-in:  724-378-1970
    located at 3001 Kane Road
    (approx. 25mi NW of Pittsburgh via Rt.60)

    The outdoor picture show on Kane Road has been lit-up
    every season since 1954, and still has the look and feel
    of a classic family Drive-in; accentuated by the lingering
    presence of traditional car window speakers, and even a
    playground for weefolk (a rarity now, but once ubiquitous),
    and other retro nuances such as vintage vending machines.
    Management introduced radio broadcasting of movie audio,
    but graciously still maintains some traditional speakers and
    makes a point of screening vintage intermission trailers for
    some presence of the Past (open seasonally, April - October).
    Admission:  $5 ages 12&up;  $1 for ages 6-11; under 6 free.

  • Beaver (Beaver County) Pennsylvania
    Tusca Drive-in Theatre:   DARK
    located on Tuscarawas Road

  • Berlinsville (Northampton County) Pennsylvania
    Becky's Drive-in:  610-767-2249
    located on Route 248

    * Berlinsville is rather difficult to find on most maps ..
    (so look for Becky's Drive-in the vicinity of Walnutport, PA) --
    but is a popular old fashioned gem among traditional Drive-ins,
    and much worth wandering the Blue Highways to find it. It is also
    Pennsylvania's second-oldest Drive-in, and is the oldest outdoor
    cinema in America that has been in continuous operation under
    the same family ownership .. William Beck's outdoor movies had
    started out back in 1936 originally with sit-down benches and was
    then converted to a Drive-in movie by William Beck ten years later.
    Formally known at one point as the Route 45 Drive-in, the locals
    inevitably would refer to it as Beck's Drive-in, or simply  Becky's
    (and Old Route 45 in any case would later be renamed Route 248).
    William Beck is no longer around to greet movie-goers, but his
    sons & daughters (and theirs) have kept the lights on for us.

     Moonlight Drive-in 
 Brookville, PA

  • Brookville (Jefferson County) Pennsylvania
    Moonlight Drive-in:  814-849-5588
    located on Route 322 (½ mile west of town)
    Solo screen, lit since 1952, and currently with a double
    feature each nite. Open seasonally, March thru October;
    on the weekends only during spring and fall; and 7 nites
    during peak season (Memorial Day wknd thru Labor Day).
    Movie audio is provided with a FM (106.9) radio broadcast.
    Admission: $6 for Adults & ages 11-up; $3 age 10 & under.

  • Brownsville
    see also:   West Brownsville (Washington County)

  • Brownsville (Fayette County) Pennsylvania
    Brownsville Drive-in:  724-785-7190
    located on Route 40 (East of town)

    The 52-year-old Brownsville Drive-in (1949) is the only
    operating Drive-in movie theatre which is located on
    The Heritage Route - Historic Route 40, which was
    originally known as:  The National Pike (America's
    first Federally-funded highway);  an immaculately
    maintained three-screen Drive-in  (open April-Oct).
    Old timers may remember this as:  Fick's Drive-in,
    named after Isa Ficks, who originally built & owned it.

  • Butler (Butler County) Pennsylvania
    Pioneer Drive-in:  724-285-3850
    located on Route 8 North

    originally a solo screen when it opened in 1958,
    the Pioneer now has 3 screens lit-up with double
    features on each one, seasonally, May - September.
    Admission:  $5 for ages 12&up, and  $2 for ages 3-11
    Thursday (Carload Nite): $10/car for all passengers.

  • Carbondale (Lackawanna County)
    see also:    Olyphant, Pennsylvania
    see also:    Dickson City, Pennsylvania

  • Carmichaels (Greene County) Pennsylvania
    Skyview Twin Drive-in:  724-966-2364
    located on Route 88

    Among the oldest Drive-ins in Pennsylvania - which is
    the #1 State in America's for Dr'ins, is the old Skyview,
    which was first lit-up back in 1946.  Originally a solo
    screen, the Skyview is now a two-screener that's lit
    with a double feature on each one from May thru Sept.
    Admission:  $5.50 for ages 12&up;  $1 ages 11&under.

  • Carrolltown (Cambria County) Pennsylvania
    Carrolltown Hi-Way Drive-in:  814-344-8684
    located on Route 219 (Rural Route 1)

    Solo screen with a capacity for up to 500 cars;
    open seasonally, April thru September. Audio is
    provided here with local FM radio broadcasting.
    Admission:  $4.50 for ages 12&up;  under 12 free.

  • Clarion (Clarion County) Pennsylvania
    Moonlight Drive-in:   DARK

  • Clearfield (Clearfield County) Pennsylvania
    Super 322 Drive-in:  814-857-7821
    located on Woodland Bigler Highway - off {322}

    Solo screen venue with a capacity for up to 500 cars; open
    seasonally, screening double features from May through
    September. Movie audio provided with radio broadcast.

  • Columbia (Lancaster County) Pennsylvania
    Columbia Drive-in:  717-684-7759
    located at 4061 Columbia Avenue {462}

    The Last Picture Show out of doors in Lancaster County,
    The Columbia Drive-in, is a large 700-car solo screen, first
    lit back in 1956. Since July 4th of Season 2001 it has been
    operated under new management, now run by the former
    operators of the Bucks County Drive-in of Warrington, PA
    (which had gone dark in '98 after the landlord went and
    sold the property out from under them .. to developers).
    The Columbia is open seasonally, from late April through
    mid-October; weekends only in spring & fall; and 7 nites
    in peak-season between MemDay & Labor Day; screening
    double features every nite, and occasional triples. Audio
    is provided with AM & FM radio broadcast. Admission:
    $7 (ages 13&up); $3 for Seniors and kids aged 3-12.

  • Connelsville (Fayette County) Pennsylvania
    The Comet Drive-in:  724-628-6160
    located on Route 119 North

    Originally a solo screen that had gone 'dark' back in 1986,
    the Comet returned 7 years later, and has shown brightly
    in the Western Pennsylvania night ever since (and a 2nd
    screen was added in 1994). Each of their screens is lit
    with a double feature during their season - which runs
    from April through August (closed after Labor Day). The
    audio is provided with FM radio broadcast. There is also a
    Flea Market SwapMeet held here from mid-March thru Oct.

  • Coraopolis (Allegheny County) Pennsylvania
    Dependable Drive-in:  412-264-7011
    located at 500 Moon Clinton Road (Moon Township)

    A survivor, and 3-screener, for the greater Pittsburgh area ..
    which was originally a solo screen when it opened, way back in
    June of 1950   (first-lit with a 1948 Betty Grable musical which
    was directed by Walter Lang -   When My Baby Smiles At Me).
    Presently open April-November, with a double feature on each
    of its three screens. Well-maintained; nice traditional touches-
    including playground, mini-golf, some functioning car window
    speakers; modernized with AM & FM radio broadcast for audio.
    Admission: $5.50 for Ages 12&up; $2 ages 6-11; 5&under free.
    Open 7 nites in peak summer season; do plan to arrive early Fri/Sat.

    The Dependable is expecting quadruplets in May of 2003 -- with the
    happy addition of a 4th screen; which, like the 3 other Dependables,
    will also be lit each nite during the Season with a double feature.

  • Corry (Erie County) Pennsylvania
    Corry Drive-in Theatre:  814-664-2894
    located at 11510 Route 6

    Solo screen, with a capacity for up to 300 cars;
    showing double features; movie audio provided
    with local (88.5) FM radio broadcast. Season runs
    from late April thru August; closed after LaborDay.

  • Danville (Montour County) Pennsylvania
    Point Drive-in Theatre:  570-275-9926
    located off Route 11 / Danville Northumberland Road

    Danville scores 3 points, with a triple-screen and each
    of them is lit with a double feature during their season,
    which runs from April thru mid-September (weekends only
    early and late in the season). Movie audio is provided with a
    mix of AM & FM radio broadcasts. Admission: $5 (ages 13+),
    $2 for ages 12 & under;   ages 2 & under are admitted free.

                                  CIRCLE DRIVE-IN 
 Dickson City, PA

  • Dickson City (Lackawanna County) Pennsylvania
    Circle Drive-in:  570-489-5731
    located on Scranton-Carbondale Hwy {Route 6}

    The Circle's big 100-foot screen has been lit since '49
    and has been under the same ownership since 1963.
    Exceptionally well-managed and maintained; aside
    from the introduction of radio sound with AM (540)
    and FM (89.1), it's a well-preserved classic, complete
    with neon marquee. An historic milepost on the old
    Scranton-Carbondale Hiway for many years, it was
    the 1st commercial concern on that stretch of Rte 6.
    They light the huge screen seasonally (April-Oct) with
    a pair of first-run features, and on Sundays (7am-4pm)
    the Circle hosts one of the oldest Drive-in flea markets
    in America (an attraction in itself, drawing hundreds of
    vendors and thousands of browsing buyers, having had
    thirty years here to establish its reputation. Admission
    to the drive in:  $6 adults; $2 children 5-12; under 5 free.
    Vendor info for the FleaMarket SwapMeet: 570-876-1400.

  • Dillsburg (York County) Pennsylvania
    Haar's Drive-in:  717-432-3011
    located at 185 Logan Road (off Route 15)

    Classic drive-in which lights the screen with the
    same projectors that were in use when it opened--
    back in 1953, and they are still maintaining all their
    traditional car window speakers--  for all 500 cars.
    Open seasonally, from mid-April thru Labor Day, on
    weekends only (Fri-Sun); screening double features.
    There is also a FleaMkt here on Sundays (7am-4pm).

  • East McKeesport (Allegheny County) Pennsylvania
    Greater Pittsburgh Drive-in:  DARK
    formerly located on Lincoln Highway (30)

  • Easton (Northampton County) Pennsylvania
    Starlite Drive-in:   DARK
    located at 3440 Freemansburg Avenue

    The Starlite did not open for Season 2001
    and the property has been put up for sale.
    Word is:  that it may already have been sold
    to a concern that has no concern for Drive-ins.

  • Erie (Erie County) Pennsylvania
    Peninsula Twin Drive-in Theatres:    GONE
    formerly located at 303 Peninsula Drive

    The State of PA acquired the property in September
    of 2001 in conjunction with plans to construct a
    visitors center for Presque Isle State Park.

  • Everett (Bedford County) Pennsylvania
    Moonlite Drive-in:  814-623-8881 DARK
    formerly located on Route 30 East -
    between Bedford & Everett

  • Fleetwood (Berks County) Pennsylvania
    222 Drive-in Theater:  
    located on Route 222  DARK

    Photo: Jim George
     Sky-Vu Drive-in 
 Gratz, PA

  • Gratz (Dauphin County) Pennsylvania
    Sky-Vu Drive-in:  717-365-3816
    located on Route 25

    Rural solo-screen venue with a capacity for
    just over 200 cars; open seasonally from May
    to September; screening double features, with
    movie soundtrack provided primarily via FM radio.
    Admission:   $5 (ages 12&up); $2 for ages 5-11.

  • Halifax (Dauphin County) Pennsylvania
    Halifax Drive-in:    GONE
    formerly located on old Highway 2
    (approx. 20 miles north of Harrisburg)

    If a sensation of  Deja Vu  washes over you  as you
    drive past the Giant Food supermarket just north of
    Town,  perhaps you have  been here before ..  at the
    picture show that lies buried here ..  before the Halifax
    was bulldozed into the dustbin of Oblivion, before 1995.

  • Harrisburg   see:   Newville, PA

  • Hazleton (Luzerne County) Pennsylvania
    Laurel Drive-in:   570- 455-2924
    located on Route 309 South

    Family owned and family oriented Drive-in since 1950,
    handed down from father to son; they celebrated their
    50th Anniversary in 2000; lighting-up for Season 2K
    on May 5th, with Stuart Little and Galaxy Quest.

  • Honesdale (Wayne County) Pennsylvania
    Maple Drive-in Theatre:    GONE
    formerly located six miles east of Honesdale on Rte.6

    The Maple was still owned, operated, and very nicely
    maintained by the same family that had opened it back
    in 1953 (lighting their 58' screen with a double feature
    on weekends only, seasonally, April - October); through
    Season 2002. The neon marquee out in front (now, sadly
    serving to announce the Drive-in's own immenent demise)
    is the same one which the Maple Drive-in opened with in '53.

  • Hunlock Creek (Luzerne County) Pennsylvania
    Garden Drive-in Theatre:  570-735-5933
    7mi north of Shickshinny (1 miles south of Nanticoke);
    on Route 11 North; Exit 164 off the Interstate (I-81).

    Originally a solo screen venue offering cinema al fresco,
    now offering twin-screens, each of them lit with a double
    feature, seasonally, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nites.
    Audio for the movies' soundtrack is provided with radio
    broadcasting; Screen One: 90.3 FM; Screen Two: 89.7 FM
    Admission:   $5 adults (12&up); $2 for ages 5-11.

  • Indiana (Indiana County) Pennsylvania
    Palace Garden Drive-in:  724-465-9032
    located at 225 Indian Springs Road {"Business 19"} off Route 422, between Pittsburgh and Altoona, PA.

  • Johnstown (Cambria County) Pennsylvania
    Silver Drive-in:  814-266-9177
    located at 1664 Scalp Avenue

  • Kane (McKean County) Pennsylvania
    Family Drive-In:  814-837-9760
    located on Route 6 East

  • Kenmawr (Allegheny County) Pennsylvania
    Kenmawr Drive-in Theatre:    DARK

  • Latrobe (Westmoreland County) Pennsylvania
    Hi-Way Drive-in Theatre:  724-537-7418
    located on Route 30

  • Lehighton (Carbon County) Pennsylvania
    Mahoning Drive-in:  570-645-6204
    located on Route 443

    An old solo screen - which dates back to 1948, open
    seasonally, from May thru September, on weekends
    only (Fri-Sun). HUGE screen lit with double features.
    Admission: $10 per carload covers all passengers.
    (Operated by the same people who have the Angela
    Theatre, a walk-in, at Coaldale; has same phone#).

  • Linden (Lycoming County) Pennsylvania
    Port Drive-in Theater:  570-398-1574
    located on Route 220 - south of town

  • Matamoras (Pike County) Pennsylvania
    Tri-States Drive-in Theater:    GONE
    Formerly located at 1025 Pennsylvania Avenue - Route 6 E.

  • McKees Rocks (Allegheny County) Pennsylvania
    Twin Hi-Way Drive-in:  DARK
    formerly located on Route 60 - Moon Run Road

  • Mechanicsburg (Cumberland County) Pennsylvania
    Silver Springs Drive-in:   GONE (Demolished May'99)
    formerly located at 6444 Carlisle Pike - Route 11

  • Mifflintown (Juniata County) Pennsylvania
    Midway Drive-in:  717-436-6011
    located off Route 322 @ Arch Rock (RR3)

    * courtesy of American Highway Project © 1999 Edgar Praus

  • Montgomery (Lycoming County) Pennsylvania
    Pike Drive-in Theatre:  570-547-7232
    located on Route 15 (10mi. south of Williamsport)

    Originally a solo screen when it opened back in 1954,
    Montgomery's Drive-in has gone down the pike a ways
    to become a 3-screener, 2 of which are currently lit with
    double-features, weekends only, MemDay thru LaborDay.
    Admission: $5 adults (ages 12 & up); $2 for ages 11 & under.

 Mount Pleasant, PA

  • Mount Pleasant (Westmoreland County) Pennsylvania
    Evergreen Drive-in:  724-547-2632
    located off Route 119 - RR4, near Summit Street
    (from Route 119, take the Scottsdale exit)

    First lit back in 1947 when it had opened as a solo screen
    known as the Ruth Horne Drive-in (or somestimes simply
    the Ruth), the old picture show was sold to new owners
    14 years later, and was renamed the Evergreen Drive-in.
    It was operated by the Michaels family for 38 years, then
    acquired by the current owners, who've have added two
    more screens.   Each of their three screens is lit with a
    double feature.   Movie audio is provided via FM radio ---
    Screen-1: 105.5;   Screen-2: 100.3;   Screen-3: 103.3 FM.
    Admission:   $6 (12&up); $3 ages 6-11; 5 & under free.

  • Nescopeck (Luzerne County) Pennsylvania
    Motor-Vu Drive-in Theatre:  570-379-9792
    located on Route 93

  • Newville (Cumberland County) Pennsylvania
    Cumberland Drive-in Theatre:  717-776-5212
    located at 711 Centerville Road (Route 223)
    30mi sw of Harrisburg, between Carlisle and
    Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; ¼mi west of Rt.11
    1 mile north of Exit 37 on the Interstate {I-81}

    Well-maintained solo screen with a capacity for up to
    300 cars, which has been in the same family since 1952.
    Open seasonally, from mid-April through September, on
    weekends only; screening double features Fri-Sat-Sun.
    Audio is provided with a local FM (88.7) radio broadcast.
    Admission: $6 (12&up); $3 ages 3-11; Sunday: kids free.

  North Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

  • North Vandergrift (Armstrong County) Pennsylvania
    Riverside Drive-in:   724-568-1250
    located on Route 66 (aka: River Road)

    The grand old solo screen here was originally lit as the
    Woodland Drive-in, — which went dark in 1980; was then
    revived and re-lit 15 years later— as the Galaxy Drive-in ..
    which went super nova in 2004.   But, there's light at the end
    of the Galaxy ..   now under new management, this venue for
    al fresco cinema and 500+ cars was re-leased, revived, and was
    re-lit as the Riverside Drive-in (in July 0f 2005), the only remaining
    outdoor cinema for the Alle-Kiski Valley. They are up & running
    7 nites for the remainder of the summer, then on wknds in fall,
    screen double features. Audio is being provided via FM (105.3).
    Admission:   $6 for ages 12&up; $2 for ages 3-11; under 3 free.

  • North Versailles (Allegheny County) Pennsylvania
    Greater Pittsburgh Drive-in:   DARK
    formerly located on Lincoln Highway (30)

    Photo: Paul Geisinger
      Shankweiler's Drive-in 
  Orefield, Pennsylvania

  • Orefield (Lehigh County) Pennsylvania
    Shankweiler's Drive-in Theatre:  610-481-0800
    located on Route 309, at Shankweiler Road
    four miles north of Route 22 (from PA Trnpk.,
    take Lehigh Valley exit; then 22E to Rte.309)

    This is America's oldest continuously-operated Drive-in
    theatre— seasonally, since 1934. It has changed owners
    a number of times, but it has never gone dark. If planning
    a pilgrimage, then plan to arrive very early. This venerable
    venue for cinema al fresco parks less than 300 cars and often
    fills-up early, particularly on the weekends! They're Screening
    double features; 7 nites in summer; on wknds April, May & Sept.
    Movie audio provided with FM (90.7) & AM (530) radio broadcasts.
    Admission:   $6.50 for ages 13&up, and $3 for children (ages 3-12).

    Len Nebistinsky
 Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania 
 photo: Len Nebistinsky

  • Orwigsburg (Schuylkill County) Pennsylvania
    Deer Lake Drive-in:   DARK  
    located on Route 61

    Closed in 1996; presently up for sale; although we've
    been hearing that it just-may be acquired soon to be
    restored, revived, and reopened as a Drive-in.

  • Pine Grove (Schuylkill County) Pennsylvania
    Pine Grove Drive-in:   GONE

    formerly located on Rural Route 1,
    the former home of the aging Drive-in
    has now become  a home for the aged.

  • Pittsburgh
    see:   Coraopolis, PA (nearest)
    and also:   Aliquippa, PA (2nd-nearest)

  • Portage (Cambria County) Pennsylvania
    Bar Ann Drive-In:  814-736-9450
    located off Route 164 East

  • Schuylkill (Schuylkill County) Pennsylvania -
    Pine Grove Drive-In Theatre:  717-345-1132
    located on Rural Route 1

  • Scranton (Lackawanna County) Pennsylvania
    see:  Circle Drive-in Theatre; Dickson City, PA

  • Silver Springs (Cumberland County) Pennsylvania
    Silver Springs Drive-in:   GONE

    It's not just 'dark' .. but bulldozed .. and uh, while
    we have lost another drive-in, gee we're gaining
    something: another nice HUGE Department Store!

  • State College (Centre County) Pennsylvania
    Starlite Drive-in Theatre:  814-237-0001
    located at 1100 Benner Pike

  • Transfer (Mercer County) Pennsylvania
    Reynolds Drive-in:  724-646-2786
    located on State Route 18 North
    (aka: 3706 North Hermitage Road)
    about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh

    Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
    see: North Vandergrift, PA

  • Warrington (Bucks County) Pennsylvania
    Bucks County Twin Drive-in Theatre:   GONE
    formerly located at 401 Easton Road (Route 611)---

    * word is:  that while we've lost another one
    of our few remaining Drive-ins (and 2 screens),
    we have gained a much-needed shopping plaza!

  • Waterford (Erie County) Pennsylvania
    Sunset Drive-in Theatre:  814-796-4883
    located at 808 Route 97

  • West Brownsville (Washington County) Pennsylvania
    Malden Drive-in:  724-785-5310
    located at 380 Old National Pike Road

    You might remember it as Cuppy's  Drive-in ..  this old
    solo screen has been lit since 1947, and is now the only
    remaining outdoor cinema in Washington County. They
    are screening double features on the weekends only.
    Admission:  $7 per carload - covering all passengers.

  • Williamsport (Lycoming County) Pennsylvania
    see also:   Montgomery, Pennsylvania

  • Wysox (Bradford County) Pennsylvania
    Wysox Drive-in:  570-265-9259
    located on Route 6

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