Newark Drive-In

300 E. Cleveland Avenue,
Newark, DE 19711

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Newark Drive-In

The Eric Newark Drive-In opened as a single screen theatre on August 20, 1969 with George Segal in “Bridge at Remagen” & Bill Travers in “Ring of Bright Water”. It had a capacity for 1,000 cars. In the early-1980’s two more screens were added. A Ford dealership is now located on most of the land that this former drive-in once occupied.

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cregger
cregger on January 19, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I saw a “Friday the 13th” marathon there and I think that was right before it closed for good. You can still totally see where the big screen used to be.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 22, 2011 at 7:32 am

Here is a 1970 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

http://flic.kr/p/9c8vNi

ronnie21
ronnie21 on October 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

friday marathon, i think was the summer of 84….

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Information needs to be updated. In the early 80’s it was turned into the triplex drive in theater. There was a smaller screen put in front of the large single screena nd two other small ones to each side of the main one.

TiltedHorizons
TiltedHorizons on May 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

I worked there summer of 1978 as what we called a “ramp boy”. I must’ve been about 17. I repaired speakers, cut grass, picked up trash, switched film reels occasionally, directed exiting traffic, and any other odd tasks the manager could find for me. I was also supposed to track down unpaid guests and kick them out (the custom van craze was in full force then so many people snuck in); in practice, I often accepted bribes (usually a beer) to look the other way. Grease and Jaws 2 were the big releases we showed that summer. The main feature was often shown twice, with a minor movie sandwiched in between. Sometimes a more “adult” movie would be shown very late following the mainstream films.

ebdunn
ebdunn on March 12, 2018 at 5:56 pm

Evidently, this theater stumbled while trying to open. Originally, ads started in the Wilmington newspaper on Aug. 9, 1969, saying the drive-in would open on August 13, then Aug. 15, and the theater finally did open on Aug. 20, 1969. Ive posted an ad of that date, stating “Grand Opening Tonight”, Aug. 20, 1969.

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