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Pennsylvania Drive-in Theatres

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, and since the heydey of the Dr'ins, the state has seen their number decline by 73%.

Aside from longevity, Pennsylvania has staying power, as one of the top 5 Drive-in states with 43 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
  • Beaver (Beaver County) Pennsylvania
    Tusca Drive-in Theatre: 412-495-3595 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 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 and daughters have kept the lights on all these years, and Mrs. Beck, at 81, still helps maintain the old fashioned flavor of Becky's Drive-in by making the famous homemade chili they sell.

  • Bradford (McKean County) Pennsylvania
    Super 322 Drive-in: 814-857-7821
  • Brookville (Jefferson County) Pennsylvania
    Moonlight Drive-in: 814-849-5588 * Reopend
    located on Route 322 ( mile west of town)
  • Brownsville (Fayette County) Pennsylvania
    Brownsville Drive-in: 724-785-7190
    AreaCode was: 412 located on Route 40 (East of town)

    *The Brownsville Drive-in is the only operating Drive-in theatre that is located on The Heritage Route - Historic Route 40, originally known as: The National Pike, America's first coast to coast highway; an immaculately maintained three-screen Drive-in (open April-Oct).

  • Butler (Butler County) Pennsylvania
    Pioneer Drive-in:  724-285-3850
    located on Route 8 North
  • Carbondale (Lackawanna County) Pennsylvania
    see listing under: Olyphant, PA
  • Carmichaels (Greene County) Pennsylvania
    Skyview Twin Drive-in:  724-966-2364
    located on Route 88
  • Carrolltown (Cambria County) Pennsylvania
    Carrolltown Hi-Way Drive-in:  814-344-8684
    located on Route 219 (Rural Route 1)
  • Clarion (Clarion County) Pennsylvania
    Moonlight Drive-in:  814-226-4866 Dark
  • Clearfield (Clearfield County) Pennsylvania
    Super 322 Drive-in:  814-857-7821
    located on Woodland Bigler Highway
  • Columbia (Lancaster County) Pennsylvania
    Columbia Drive-in:  717-684-0480
    located at 4061 Columbia Avenue (RR2)
  • Connelsville (Fayette County) Pennsylvania
    The Comet Drive-in:  724-628-6160
    located on Route 119
  • Coraopolis (Allegheny County) Pennsylvania
    Dependable Drive-in:  412-264-7011
    located on Moon Clinton Road
    * has 3 screens; also mini-golf on premises
  • Corry (Erie County) Pennsylvania
    Corry Drive-in Theatre:  814-664-2894
    located at 11510 Route 6
  • Danville (Montour County) Pennsylvania
    Point Drive-in Theatre:  570-275-9926
    Route 11 & Danville Northumberland Road
    * has 3 screens
  • Dickson City (Lackawanna County) Pennsylvania
    Circle Drive-in:  717-489-5731
    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 Highway for many years, it was the 1st commercial concern on that stretch of Rte 6. They light the screen seasonally (April-October) 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 three decades 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: 717-876-1400.

  • Dillsburg (York County) Pennsylvania
    Haar's Drive-in: 717-432-3011
    located on Route 15
  • Dunbar (Fayette County) Pennsylvania
    Comet Drive-in:  412-628-6160
    located on Route 119 North
  • East McKeesport (Allegheny County) Pennsylvania
    Greater Pittsburgh Drive-in:  Dark
    formerly located on Lincoln Highway (30)
  • Easton (Northampton County) Pennsylvania
    Starlite Drive-in:  610-252-3144
    located at 3440 Freemansburg Avenue
  • Erie (Erie County) Pennsylvania
    Peninsula Twin Drive-in Theatres:  814-833-0924
    located at 303 Peninsula Drive
  • 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: 610-926-3793
    located on Route 222  Dark
  • Gratz (Dauphin County) Pennsylvania
    Sky-Vu Drive-in: 717-365-3816
    located on Route 25
  • Harrisburg (Dauphin County) Pennsylvania
    Halifax Drive-in:  717-896-8384 Dark
    formerly located on RD2 north of the city
  • 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: 570-253-2800
    located six miles east of Honesdale on Rte.6

    The Maple is still owned, operated, and very nicely maintained by the same family that opened it back in 1953. They light their 58' screen with double features on weekends only, seasonally, April thru October. Audio is AM (540) and FM (83.2) radio. The neon marquee out in front is the same one the Maple opened with in 1953. Admission: $5 adults; $2 children 5-12; free under 5yrs.

  • Hunlock Creek (Luzerne County) Pennsylvania
    Garden Drive-in Theatre: 570-735-5933
    located on Route 11 North
  • Indiana (Indiana County) Pennsylvania
    Palace Garden Drive-in: 724-465-9032
    located at 225 Indian Springs Road
  • Johnstown (Cambria County) Pennsylvania
    Silver Drive-in:  814-266-9177
    located on Scalp Avenue
  • Kane (McKean County) Pennsylvania
    Family Drive-In: 814-837-9760
    located on Route 6 East
  • Latrobe (Westmoreland County) Pennsylvania
    Hi-Way Drive-in Theatre: 724-537-7418
    located on Route 30
  • Lehighton (Carbon County) Pennsylvania
    Mahoning Drive-In: 717-386-9907
    located on Route 443
  • 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: 570-491-5050
    located at 1025 Pennsylvania Avenue - Route 6 E. (situated between Milford & Matamoras)

    Just west of the New York state line in Pennsylvania (a few hundred yards from the 1st PA exit off of I-84) and just north of the New Jersey state line, you'll find the cozy Tri-States Drive-in, which has been operated continuously by the same family since 1950. Tri-States screens 2 features nitely of first-run films, and utilizes AM (540) and FM (88.3) local vicinity broadcasting for the movie soundtrack. They're open seasonally, mid-May to mid-October (wknds only until mid-June and after LaborDay; open 7 nites in peak season); hosts a FleaMarket on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-4pm. Admission: $6 per adult; $2 for children 5-11 years old.
    *Since there are no Drive-ins operating in the state of New Jersey, it's also worth noting that the Tri-States is the nearest operating Drive-in for northern New Jersey.

  • 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: 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)
  • Milford (Pike County) Pennsylvania
    * see listing under: Matamoras
  • Montgomery (Lycoming County) Pennsylvania
    Pike Drive-in Theatre: 717-547-9924
    located on Route 15
  • Mount Pleasant (Westmoreland County) Pennsylvania
    Evergreen Drive-in: 724-547-2632
    located off Route 819 North - RR4 (From Route 119, Scottsdale exit)
  • 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
  • North Vandergrift (Westmoreland County) Pennsylvania
    Galaxy Drive-in: 724-568-5541
    located on Route 66 (aka: River Road)

    In spite of being one of America's renaissance drive-ins ('95 revival of the old Woodland Drive-in after 15 years in the dark), the Galaxy has it's finger right on the pulse of what it actually felt like to go to the Drive-in during their heyday ..  it felt like a Happening, and an awful lot does happen here, ranging from July 4th weekend Dusk-to-Dawn shows, to pre-movie DJ's on summer Saturdays, plus live concerts, and classic car shows.

  • North Versailles (Allegheny County) Pennsylvania
    Greater Pittsburgh Drive-in: 412-824-5590 Dark
    formerly located on Lincoln Highway (30)
  • Orefield (Lehigh County) Pennsylvania
    Shankweiler's Drive-in Theatre: 610-481-0800
    located on Route 309, 4 miles north of Route 22, at Shankweiler Road

    * This is America's oldest continuously-operated Drive-in theatre (open since 1934); an in-depth profile of Shank's may be found at DriveinMovie.com in the Drive-in Movie Theatre Showcase

  • Orwigsburg (Schuylkill County) Pennsylvania
    Deer Lake Drive-in: DARK   up for sale
    located on Route 61
  • Pine Grove (Schuylkill County) Pennsylvania
    Pine Grove Drive-in: 717-345-1132 Gone

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

  • 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(May'99)

    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