Wildwood Twin Drive-In

1500 Route 47,
Middle Township, NJ 08242

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Wildwood Twin Drive-In

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The Wildwood Twin Drive-In owned by Fox theaters of Philadelphia opened on July 28, 1950 as a single screen drive-in. In 1976 a second screen was added. This drive-in had a capacity for 470 cars.

The Wildwood Twin Drive-In closed after the 1986 season. The original address was Wildwood Boulevard (Route 47) at exit 4A of the Garden State Parkway.

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teecee
teecee on March 7, 2005 at 5:33 am

Drive-ins listing:
http://www.drive-ins.com/theater/njtwild

I had never heard of a Rio Grande in NJ!
Must have been settled by folks from the great Southwest.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 7, 2005 at 9:01 am

Rio Grande, NJ was founded by wandering cattle rustlers from Wyoming in 1853. They took a wrong turn on the Jersey Turnpike and thought that they were actually in Montana. :) Rio Grande is near Cape May NJ. I always thought that this drive-in was in Wildwood NJ. Here is a link to some history and photos of this drive-in:
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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 7, 2005 at 10:00 am

Thanks Lost memory. What a great site. I remember all the theaters in Wildwood. It’s a shame they all closed and were ruined when the Frank Family purchased them in 1986.They ruined everyhing they touched.

markp
markp on March 12, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Hey Mikeoaklandpark, don’t go to Wildwood now or you’ll lose your lunch. The old Shore Twins was demolished, and is just a big dirt lot. Only theatre left is the Strand which looks like hell from the boardwalk.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 10, 2008 at 11:27 am

I remember Rio Grande. There used to be a Starn’s supermarket there that my mother went to once in a while. I don’t remember the drive-in, though.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Around 1981 or 82 I was there with my family in our 55 chevy to see “The Swarm” with Henry Fonda. The manager “Ed”, from Millville offered me a P/T job as manager/operator for 40 bucks a night. I declined because I was already working @ the Atlantic Drive-in, & as a Rural Letter Carrier in the daytime.

TommyRio
TommyRio on March 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I grew up in Rio Grande and lived on 3rd. street, behind the drive in. From my back yard your could see the entire screen which was maybe 1/8 mile away. During the early 60’s my father and a neighbor ran wire from the one of the speaker terminals in the back row and into our backyard. We were living!!….we could sit in lawn chairs and watch the movies. A couple of years later they paved Maryland Ave., the road between us and the drive in, and ripped up the wire….the party was over. The drive in had a nice little playground right in front of the screen that we as kids hung out in along with the surrounding woods and fields. Those who have never rolled up to a speaker post, hung the speaker on the car window and walked over to the Snack Bar during intermission have never “lived.”

jwmovies
jwmovies on January 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1500 Route 47, Middle Township, NJ 08242.

Now Rio Grande Plaza.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

So was the theater demolished?

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