Bengies Drive-In

3417 Eastern Boulevard,
Middle River, MD 21220

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Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 25, 2014 at 4:42 am

The Bengies has made the conversion to digital projection.

Tine263
Tine263 on January 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm

I have some current photos of the outside of the theater on my blog, as well as some information! I agree with some of the posts though, I was not a fan of the commentary over the credits and film shorts.

http://driveinadventures.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/bengies-drive-in-theatre/

Archie1959
Archie1959 on March 17, 2011 at 1:33 am

How dare some one talk over a 3 Stooges short. Unless it had Joe in the short.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 17, 2011 at 12:16 am

The owner of the BIG-MO Drive-in does the same thing at intermission,gets on and yaks and yaks and yaks.Give me a break,but the BIG-MO; it is a mom and pop operation.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

Picture of the screen:

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Looks like a stiff wind could knock this thing down…..

elkridgecinemas
elkridgecinemas on April 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm

this is the worst drive in theater ive ever been to. the man talks all over the radio during intermission when he is showing short subjects like the 3 stooges where you miss key points in the plot. mr vogel please funnel cakes and hot dog specials can wait to be mentioned during a preview and not a classic short like the 3 stooges.

elkridgecinemas
elkridgecinemas on April 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm

this is the worst drive in theater ive ever been to. the man talks all over the radio during intermission when he is showing short subjects like the 3 stooges where you miss key points in the plot. mr vogel please funnel cakes and hot dog specials can wait to be mentioned during a preview and not a classic short like the 3 stooges.

Twistr54
Twistr54 on October 12, 2009 at 4:47 pm

www.CapriDrivein.com Coldwater, MI
Largest outdoor screen in operation, a Selby Tower, 75' X 150'
it shows a beautiful pitcure !

randytheicon
randytheicon on June 17, 2009 at 3:22 am

Belated reply to ken mc: Middle River is east of Baltimore, and is considered a suburb.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 30, 2007 at 3:28 am

The 1963 motion picture almanac lists Bengies Drive-In in Baltimore. I don’t know if Middle River is a Baltimore suburb. Operator was Vogel Theaters of Wellsville, OH. Paul Vogel was president, T.T. Vogel was vice-president and Jack Vogel was secretary-treasurer. Other Vogel theaters at that time were the Midway Drive-In in Ravenna, OH, the Salem Drive-In in Salem, OH and the Liberty in Wellsville.

rpatnaude
rpatnaude on June 22, 2005 at 4:20 pm

This is hands down the best drive in I’ve ever been to. NO contest. Triple features, huge screen, great sound (fm stereo) and at least one 1st-run new release event movie all summer, plus a family film and usually a racier comedy or a horror/thriller as the third show.

And low prices. And great snack bar. Been in continuous operation for 50 years. My wife and I live in the DC area (an hour away) and it’s worth the drive. I recommend it to anyone who loves the drive-in, and anyone who’s never been, but wants to try the experience- it’s the best.

Chiefehrman: They have that one-way ramp device now. Mr. Vogel Senior just passed away a year ago and his son is now running it, and doing a bang-up job.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on April 17, 2005 at 5:41 am

This theatre and its marquee appear in John Waters' “Cecil B. Demented”.

chiefehrman
chiefehrman on April 12, 2005 at 7:02 am

I worked there in the 70’s. I wonder if he still makes em take the light bulbs around the fence at night after they close? But, you hae to watch out for light number 8 it had a short and if you didn’t unscrew right you got zapped. I also learned to direct traffic there too. Mr. Vogel was good to me, but he was tight. So instead of buying the ramps that you could only drive oneway. I had to stand there at the exit and keep em out and not let em back in. I miss the Drive-in. I even went to one once when I visited Australia.