Newark Drive-In

303 E. Cleveland Avenue,
Newark, DE 19711

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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.