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Most of the screen was taken down this past June; all that remains of it as of now are the steel supports.
A moment of silence for the passing of a fine, classic drive-in theater. Photos from the final night coming soon.
The Beaver County Times' website, Timesonline, has reported that this is the Kane Road’s final weekend. The movies featured this Friday, Saturday and Sunday are Blue Jasmine and World War Z. There will also be a flea market on Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
A great photo of the South Park Drive-In, taken from across the street, is featured in the book from the “Images Of America” series on Bethel Park. Two beautiful color photos of the marquee and screen and box office are featured on the local WQED documentary “Things That Aren’t There Anymore”.
I don’t have confirmation of the exact reasons, Chuck. It may have something to do with the transferring to digital equiment, but that’s only speculation. A definite fact is that the Kane Road Drive-In is going to be sadly, sadly missed. I’ve been going there since 1997.
I found out that the final tentative night of the Kane Road is going to be Sunday, September 15. This all depends on attendance in the next couple of weekends. So, for all who read this, mark this date down but call the drive-in first for verification.
It is with deep regret that I report the upcoming end of an era as the Kane Road Drive-In, after 59 wonderful years, will be closing its doors for good in a few weekends. There was a tailgate party this past Saturday the 10th, but I missed it since I didn’t know about it until now (ARGH!). But I do plan on being there on their final night. I suggested to owner Steve Gray to show a couple of classic films on their last night to go out with a big bang…something like Rebel Without A Cause, Love Me Tender, A Hard Day’s Night, West Side Story, Viva Las Vegas, Bye Bye Birdie, or something like that.
That isn’t the Cross Keys Drive-In in the Google Maps photo; that’s the Roosevelt Drive-In in Langhorne.
The Cross Keys Drive-In Opened on June 16, 1950 with a performance by the New Oxford High School Band and the film “Streets of Laredo”, starring William Holden, William Bendix and Mona Freeman. Originally owned and operated Midway Drive-In Theater Corp. and managed by the corporation’s president, Richard L. McCool. Located on U.S. 30, 1 mile east of New Oxford and ½ mile west of Carlisle Pike (PA 94). Closed after the 1986 season. The former drive-in site is now occupied by houses (Oak Dr. and Chinkapin Dr.)
Cool photo :)
Opened on June 29, 1950 with the film “Boy From Indiana”, starring Lon McCallister and Lois Butler. Located about a mile west of Waynesburg on Roy Furman Highway (PA 18 South/PA 21 West — formerly Rogersville Rd.)
Opened on April 19, 1951 with the film “Jackpot”, starring Jimmy Stewart and Barbara Hale. Located on PA 837, ½ mile from its southern terminus at PA 88. Closed at the end of the 1985 season. The site remained dormant until 1997 when the Residence At Hilltop assisted living facility was built there.
Opened as York Run Open Air Theater on July 7, 1948 with the western film “Black Gold”, starring Anthony Quinn. Renamed Moonlite by 1950.
Opened on August 29, 1948 with the film “Blondie’s Big Moment”, starring Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake. In 1986, Free Indeed Ministries bought the Family Drive-In which was relegated to Christian and G-rated movies. FIM was still running movies at the Family by August 1993. I have not yet been able to confirm when it actually closed.
Historic Aerials shows the location of the Blue Sky on PA 288 from the 1969 satellite map, about 5 miles east of Ellwood City and 10 miles west of Zelienople. The drive-in site is now occupied by at least two houses (on Field St.) and Sturges Orchard Farm Market.
The listing above shows a rare occurence with TWO drive-ins in the Pittsburgh Metro Area (28 miles apart) having their grand openings on the same night: Harmar and Lakevue (later renamed Mt. Lebanon).
This was my original entry that I had placed several days ago. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be posted or not; I thought maybe it was too descriptive. My apologies for the second entry of the same place.
The Rose Drive-In site now consists of housing on two streets, Pamela Drive and Rose Avenue. From PA 130 East, 8/10 of a mile past the PA Turnpike overpass, the right turn onto Pamela was originally the turnoff road to the drive-in.
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To expand on general information, the Belle Aire opened on July 2, 1957 and lasted only two seasons. The last known listing from the Pittsburgh papers was from November 23, 1958.
I think I’ve finally found confirmation of the Belle Aire. From the Historic Aerials website, key in MAGNUS LANE IRWIN PA, bring up the 1957 aerial photo, and select “All Roads” from the overlay menu. The Blue Dell Pool is right across from Edwin Drive on Route 30; if you look to the right of the pool you can see what is undoubtedly the Belle Aire Drive-In. The current satellite photo shows the Elizabeth-Hata International building on the former drive-in site with the open field that used to be the Blue Dell Pool in front of the main parking lot.
I drive past the Showcase West every day going to and from work. As of this morning, the building is, sad to say, half gone.
I drove past the Parkway earlier this week and saw FOR SALE signs on the marquee. Could we see a possible comeback here?
There’s a great photo of the Rustic marquee in the book from the Images Of America series: “Norvelt: A New Deal Subsistence Homestead”.
This one was near the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Road (SR 2021) and Brinkerton Road.
Opening night feature on October 31, 1940: “No Time For Comedy”, starring James Stewart and Rosalind Russell. Final day features on July 1, 1999: “Analyze This”, “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Doug’s 1st Movie”
These dates are unconfirmed as there is no indication of a grand opening, but the first ad I found for this Cameraphone (as well as two others in Pittsburgh) was from March 2, 1913. This one, the best known of the three, opened on March 6 with the silent short “Pickwick Papers' starring John Bunny. The last ad I came across was from January 31, 1967, by which time the Cameraphone was an adult cinema (I’ll be looking for the transformation date soon). The features that day were "Everybody Loves It” and “Tales of a Salesman”.