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My uncle was an usher at the Rowland in 1964, remember when shows had ushers, lol. I remember when the Beatles movie played there, I guess in 1964 or 1965, the trouble is that you couldn’t hear the movie because all the girls where screaming for the Beatles, lol, just like you couldn’t hear their concerts. Saw a bunch of other movies there too, but at least you could hear them. My family usually just went to the Greater Pittsburgh Drive in, but usually to see war movies or cowboy movies my old man wanted to see, lol.
The entrance was on mosside blvd in 1971 when I went to see the movie Shaft, I think it moved down to Northern pike the next year. I remember taking my pickup truck there and backing it in and sitting in the back of it, I had a big school gym mat in the bed of the truck bed for a cushion. I also remember they used to show 3 movies a lot of the time. The food wasn’t that good, we usually brought our own food and drinks. I went to different drive in,s back then, but I usually went to the Greater Pittsburg or Ardmore drive in,s. Still hated to see it close down, just like so many other drive in,s.
Don,t really remember going to the Paramount when I was a kid growing up on Price Ave in 1959. I remember going to the Capital Theater a lot. I know there where a bunch of shows in Braddock at one time but I don,t know when the Paramount closed down. I know they put Alexander’s market there but I don,t know what year. I shopped at Alexander’s in the 1980,s when I lived up on Kirkpatrick St. I still remember all the stores in Braddock in the 1960,s and 70,s. Now it’s like a ghost town. It’s better now than a few years ago, at least they are tearing a lot of the old broken down buildings, but it will never be the same as it used to be, unfortunaly.
I remember when I lived in Braddock in about 1959 or 1960 up on Price Ave, the school was still up there, an elementary school I think. I went to the Capital Theater on a late afternoon by myself to see two spooky movies, when I came out it was dark out. I was so scared of walking home by myself but I didn,t have much choice. Remember, these where the old days before cell phones and I didn,t have any money for a pay phone. I probably ran most of the way home and was so glad to get home. From then on I made sure I only went to the show with someone else with me or around noon. I know there probably where other theaters in Braddock at the time but the Capital was the only show I remember.
It was one of my favorite drive in,s around this area, probably 2nd to the Greater Pittsburgh Drive In. I still remember the playground in front of the screen, when I took my younger sister and brother there, they would play there. Also remember the two indoor seating area,s where you could sit if it rained or was cold. Took a lot of dates there too, probably made out more than watched the movies, but I did see a lot of good movies there, Death Wish was one of my favorites. I read somewhere once that the Ardmore was one of the most profitable drive in,s around, so I don,t get why the owners sold the property, guess they must have made some good money. I remember when they built the Gold Circle department store there in 1977. Remember going there and hearing the Bee Gee,s songs on the Saturday Night soundtrack, over and over, lol. Still surprised they sold the property and still another great drive in is long gone.
I liked that movie theater, it wasn’t,t crowded and movies where cheap. Last movie I saw there was The Bodyguard with my girlfriend in 1992 I think. Wish the show was still there but really wish Eastland Mall was still open or at least the flea market.
I remember going there when it first opened in 1999. I was still mad that the Greater Pittsburgh Drive In was torn down to make room for the movie thearter, but blamed wal mart more, still mad about it all these years later. Just wish wal mart would have closed as quickly as the show. Anyway, I only liked going to this show because it was never crowded and close to my house, but still can,t believe it closed as fast as it did. I was hoping when it closed they would have made it a maxi saver show. Too many thearters in the area with the Desenta theater, now the Phoenix Theater in North Huntington and the Loews in the Homestead Waterfront. Should have built a 2 screen Greater Pittsburgh Two Drive In instead of the movie theater on that property, right.
I loved the Greater Pittsburgh Drive in, went to it in the early 1960,s with my parents, usually to see a war movie or cowboy movie my old man would want to see, lol. I went to it almost every weekend in my late teens in the late 60,s and 70,s with dates, usually to make out but to see the movies too, lol. In the 80,s when I was married, we would take the kids one night to see kiddie movies and one night for me and my wife to see a movie. I always liked the first screen because of the big grassy play area. Would play football or baseball with the kids. I hated it when they sold the property to wal mart, I wouldn,t go to wal mart the first 5 years it was open. Joe Warren, the son of Marty Warren took the money he got and bought an existing drive out in Scottdale. It’s called the Evergreen Drive In and now has 3 screens. I still go out there, but not like I did to the Greater Pittsburgh. Sad that drive in,s are almost all gone, but Joe is still trying to keep his going. Still miss the Greater Pittsburgh, was my favorite of all the drive in,s.
I remember going to the Blue Dell in the 1970,s and 80,s. I always had cheap cars and I remember I had to watch how I parked at the drive in because the rows to park where humped up and I would sometime hit my muffler or tailpipe on them, lol. There where a few times when I lost a muffler on the humps and had to wire it up to get my car home. Went more often to the Greater Pittsburg instead. Never went to the Blue Dell Diner but went to the pool a lot, it was a gigantic pool and always had a lot of good looking woman there, hot time in the summertime, lol.
I remember going to the maple drive in around the late 1970,s and early 80,s. The screen was down the hill from the entrance and I remember it sometimes would get really foggy and it would be hard to see the movie, lol. I didn,t go to this drive in a lot because I usually went to the Greater Pittsburgh drive in or the Ardmore drive in in the early 70,s. I remember to in the last few years that the Maple was open they would show just pretty much x rated movies, I guess it was the only way the could make money to stay open. It went the way almost all drive in,s are going now, out of business, too bad.
I remember in 1968 when I lived up on Wylie Ave they set up a music booth on the street right next to the Manos Theater. They played Richard Harris song MacArthur Park over and over again. I don,t know if it was some kind of promotion or what, but I really liked that record. I was 15 years old and liked music then more than movies. I think the Graduate movie was playing at the Manos then, but not positive about that. Funny thing tho, I never went to see a movie at the Manos, we only lived in Jeannette a short time, but I liked the town then. I had cousins who lived there then, so I came back to visit now and then. It’s a shame now what the town looks like and what it’s become. Does anyone else remember the music booth when it was next to the Manos.