Delaware’s last drive-in closes

posted by danpetitpas on December 5, 2008 at 12:47 pm

FELTON, DE — The last drive-in theater in Delaware is closing Saturday. The theater operator can’t afford to buy the land and the property owners want to sell.

The Diamond State Drive-in Theater opened in 1949 and converted to adult films in 1966 until 1985. The screens were dark from then until 1995 when the present operator reopened it.

However, the operator has bought another closed drive-in in Chincoteague, Virginia and hopes to open by 2010.

Read more at WBOC 16 and WDEL 1150AM.

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Comments (2)

markp on December 6, 2008 at 12:58 am

So first New Jersey was the only state that did not have a drive-in, then the Delsea in South Jersey reopened after like 20 years. Now Delawre will be the only state without a drive-in. What a shame, that land and costs are making it so prohibitive from these venues being able to survive anymore.

Kris4077 on May 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

4/18/15 land still for sale – just think of all that money they could have made if they kept leasing the property as a Drive-In Theater. They could have put a clause in the lease that if it sold that the lease was finished. They would have had a monthly check coming in anyways and Delaware would still have a drive in theater.

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