Governor Ritchie Drive-In

Ritchie Highway,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

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Corner of Burwood Rd and Ritchie Hwy.

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The Governor Ritchie Drive-In opened in 1939 showing the movie Gunga Din. It was owned by E.M. Loew Theaters of Boston. This single screen drive-in had a capacity for 600 cars. The Governor Ritchie Drive-In closed in 1983 and has been demolished.

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micrip on March 5, 2006 at 10:11 pm

This site is now occupied by a shopping center, which includes a Kmart, Mars supermarket, and about 2 dozen other shops. A Pizza Hut stands approximately where the screen was located, which was quite tall and a landmark back in the day.

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Here is an exceprt from an April 9, 1980 article in The Capital:

Stores To Replace Old Ritchie Drive-In

E.M. Loew’s Governor Ritchie Open-Air Theatre, one of the oldest drive-ins in the country,
is scheduled to close this year to make way for a shopping center. The news may be favorably received by residents of the nearby Glenmore community, who have for year lived-with the lights and late-night noise. But according to other north county residents, Ritchie Highway needs another shopping center like Marley Creek needs another sewage spill.

Plans call for a 208,655-square-foot shopping center with an 84,000-square-foot department
store and 40,260-square-foot food or mercantile store to act as financial anchors. More than 900 parking spaces would be provided. The drive-in, built in 1938, will be closed “for
economic reasons,” according to William G. Steele, who has managed it for 12 years. “The
land is far too valuable for a drive-in.”

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2008 at 5:45 pm

You won’t be able to read the whole article here.

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm

If that was the right article, of course. That entry and this one should be deleted.

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I’ll keep an eye out.

NYozoner on January 23, 2011 at 1:07 am

6716 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a 1966 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

refrost69 on February 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

If I remember correctly, it officially closed in 1982 or 1983.

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