Haar's Drive-In

185 Logan Road,
Dillsburg, PA 17019

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Haar's Drive-In

Haar’s Drive-In opened on June 18, 1953 with George O'Brien in “Gold Raiders” & Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in “Africa Screams” and remains open today. It has a capacity for 500 cars.

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LorinWeigard
LorinWeigard on May 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm

THE SIGN FOR HAARS WHEN PASSING ON RT 15 SAYS THEY ARE OPENING FOR THE SEASON THIS WEEKEND (MAY 13-14) WITH A DISNEY DOUBLE-BILL.

NOTHING SAYS SUMMER IS COMING ON BETTER THAN WHEN HAARS OPENS; IT HAS BEEN THE PERENNIAL FIXTURE FOR DILLSBURG FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER; I CAN’T BEGIN TO REMEMBER ALL THE MOVIES I SAW THERE, BUT CERTAINLY THE FIRST WAS “THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH”

WHEN I WAS A KID, THE DRIVE-IN RAN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK IN THE SUMMER, ALWAYS A DOUBLE FEATURE, EXCEPT FOR HOLIDAYS WITH THE “DUSK TO DAWN” SHOWS. ON SUMMER EVENINGS,VANCE HAAR WOULD TRAVEL AROUND DILLSBURG IN A WONDERFUL WOODY STATION WAGON EQUIPPED WITH A PA SYSTEM, AND, LIKE OUR VERY OWN CARNY PITCHMAN, WOULD BALLYHOO US INTO COMING TO THE DRIVE-IN FOR THE EVENING.

WHEN YOU GOT THERE FOR WHATEVER THE FEATURE (MOST TIMES IT DIDN’T MATTER— IT WAS A MOVIE!) THERE WERE SWINGS AND SLIDES FOR US KIDS UNTIL IT GOT CLOSE TO DUSK AND THE “3 MINUTE COUNTDOWN CLOCK” BEFORE THE SHOW SENT US SCURRYING TO OUR CARS AND SEEMED TO TAKE FOREVER UNTIL THE SHOW BEGAN.

WHEN THE FIRST FEATURE ENDED, THERE WERE PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS, AND THEN THE 10 MINUTE INTERMISSION REEL, WITH ADS FOR ALL THE LOCAL BUSINESSES, AS WELL AS THE DANCING POPCORN BOXES. (AT THIS POINT IT WAS IMPERATIVE TO WHINE AND CONVINCE THE PARENTS TO STAY FOR THE NEXT FEATURE—NO MATTER WHAT IT WAS)

IN THE TEEN YEARS, BEFORE HAVING A CAR, THERE WAS ALWAYS THE ELEVATED BLEACHERS AT THE BACK OF THE DRIVE-IN, AND MANY A LESSON IN COMING OF AGE WAS LEARNED THERE!

HAARS DRIVE-IN IS IMPORTANT TO THE DILLSBURG COMMUNITY, NOT JUST BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN HERE FOR 63 YEARS, BUT BECAUSE IT IS THE LAST OF AN ICONIC AMERICAN LANDMARK—THE DRIVE-IN THEATRE, A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GET OUT THE LAWNCHAIRS AND WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS.

BEST WISHES TO HAARS ON ANOTHER GREAT SEASON, AND HOPE YOU’LL BE AROUND FOR ANOTHER 60 YEARS.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Haar’s is getting a new Screen Tower in July. They are replacing the wooden one.

muviebuf
muviebuf on July 18, 2016 at 12:38 am

The old screen is already down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqgxqeNyHpk

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 21, 2016 at 12:10 am

New Selby screen tower going up. 7/20/2016

muviebuf
muviebuf on July 24, 2016 at 2:27 am

The new screen sure shrunk in size.

https://www.facebook.com/haarspadrivein/photos/pb.506999386030438.-2207520000.1469323457./1136323086431395/?type=3&theater

LorinWeigard
LorinWeigard on July 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Smaller in size and no longer in the 2.35:1 ratio for wide screen “Cinemascope” formatted movies without cropping top and bottom or the sides.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 20, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Why the name Haar’s?

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 20, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Opened on 18/6/1953 with 3 cartoons(not named), “Gold raiders” and “Africa screams”.

LorinWeigard
LorinWeigard on October 20, 2019 at 5:19 pm

Vance Haar and the family were the owners of the drive-in, as well as the adjacenet auction house and roller rink.

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