Ledgewood Drive-In

Intersection of Routes 46 and 10 at old Ledgwood Circle,
Ledgewood, NJ 07876

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Ledgewood Drive-In

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I grew up on Mooney Mountain in Roxbury Township (mailing address was Flanders) overlooking Succasunna/Ledgewood. The old Ledgewood Drive-In was situated next to the old Sandwiches Unlimited and on the other side of the old Ledgewood Circle and behind Smiles II adult dance club. This was also the junction of Routes 10 and 46 (the beginning of Route 10). I would always remember seeing pictures on it as we drove by with its high screen.

It was opened in 1950 and the owner retired in 1975. It closed down in 1983. It was owned by Wilfred “Bill” Paul Smith Sr. who died in 2002 at the age of 89. He owned the Ledgewood and Newton Drive-Ins. According to the local newspaper, he was a pioneer of the drive-in movie theater business and his name appears in the Smithsonian Institute. He was also involved in building all the original drive-in theaters in New Jersey.

Eventually, it was torn down and a BJs warehouse sits adjacent to the property – its parking lot is where the main field was. The Circle was torn down and made into the mess it is today back in the mid 90s, and that put Sandwiches Unlimited into a downward spiral and it went out of business. A highlight was driving around the circle to see the new slogan on their marquee.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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filmfanz
filmfanz on February 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm

As for the closing date of the drive-in, it had to be at the end of the 1986 summer/autumn season.

I distinctly recall seeing ALIENS, late in it’s run, at the classic Ledgewood Drive-in. I belive that was one among the last 4 or 5 things shown there.

ajdmpsy
ajdmpsy on June 12, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Sandwiches Unlimited reopened a couple of years ago. It is now across the street from Ramsey’s in a small strip of stores on Rt 46.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 6, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Was mentioned in the documentary “Drive-In Movie Memories” in 2001.

Early on in the doc, they were showing an array of news clippings of new offerings by the drive-ins, and I zoomed in and hit pause to read a clipping from my hometown drive-in! It said from the Morristown Daily (newspaper) that they would defy winter and plan to show (historic) NYE shows as the first drive-in theater in North Jersey. Five full features.

HAMMER77777
HAMMER77777 on October 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm

where exactly was this? where walgreen is?

jimverinder
jimverinder on January 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm

It was located where BJ’s is now.

HAMMER77777
HAMMER77777 on January 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

any evidence still there?

jimverinder
jimverinder on March 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Go to http://ledgewooddrivein.home.comcast.net and follow the third link listed. The only thing left is the exit road with the stone roadway and the white landscaping timbers on the side.

aktubm
aktubm on May 19, 2012 at 4:38 am

I saw Back to the Future (1985) last drive in movie before moving back to NH.

jayessar
jayessar on September 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

This old aerial photo is great. I seem to remember that the entrance was east of the Ledgewood Circle on route 46, but there was also a driveway west of the circle on route 46, which was an exit only, not an entrance.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1135 U.S. 46.

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