American History, Pennsylvania History, Pop Culture

Movies, Motors & Memories: Pennsylvania’s Drive-In Theaters

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Jennifer Sopko & Brian Butko (Courtesy of Sam Banales)

Please check out the page I just launched on this site detailing my summer 2009 Pennsylvania drive-in theater exhibit at the Ligonier Valley Library’s Pennsylvania Room.  The page includes a virtual tour of the exhibit, plus photos of several Pennsylvania drive-ins that I visited.

Hi-Way Drive-In Theater - Latrobe, PA

As a fusion of America’s romances with the motion picture and the automobile, the drive-in theater phenomenon is not only a nostalgic reminder of a simpler time, but remains a viable entertainment continuing to attract families and film-goers to its steadfast roadside survivors.  The drive-in theater has been around for over 75 years and owners and fans alike are hopeful that the stars will continue to twinkle over these attractions for years to come. 

Please support your local drive-ins; without the support of faithful patrons, these cultural icons will continue disappearing into history.


1 thought on “Movies, Motors & Memories: Pennsylvania’s Drive-In Theaters”

  1. if jennifer is ready this i’ve had old photos of outdooor and indoor movie propertys drive-in,ect and
    was wondering if ya’have photos of couple of out door shows allways wanted pictures of over jen &
    you may have a few of mine if interested or not the ones was looking for you may or not herd of is
    hard too locate/find ixcept in historical places and names were moonlight theatre in bedford pa,for
    starters i’ve got photo of former site of whats left of it then others such as richland-in-johnstown pa
    allways wanted these i’ve been to growing up in my youth others included westmount theatre had-
    drive in before westwood plaza j-town where relative worked in pa, and harder to find is blue-ridge
    drive-in near the summit in blue-ridge-red-run, rouzerville -waynesboro outside of town along rt,16
    is it east buchanan trail, had photo possible of where it was but not shure is correct the right one.
    there were in capital of pa,and harrisburg dr-in, halifax dr-in keystone dr-in, and shore dr-in in
    -the newcuberland i had lost shot of it after it closed or shut down /being torn down now shopping
    center.thanks if have any answers/Q’s let me know over j-sopko have great day bye for now over.

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