Exton Drive-In

137 West Lincoln Highway,
Exton, PA 19341

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Exton Drive-In Marquee

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This was on Route 30 and Route 100 in Exton about 8 miles west of Paoli. It sat back off the hiway down a long entrance drive. It had a mobile home on the property which the manager lived in. This was one of the many Budco drive-ins in the Tri-State area.

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Budcoboy71
Budcoboy71 on June 7, 2005 at 7:05 am

In the late 80’s, in HS, I worked at the Budco Twin Cinema in Exton — on the opposite east side of Rt. 100 — near Exton Mall & K-Mart. This was after the drive-in closed, but before they demolished it to build a shopping center. A local (West Chester PA) rock/pop group in the 80’s called The Hooters, who gained national notoriety with a video on MTV, filmed part of one of their videos (And She Danced), on the grounds of the closed Exton Drive-In. My uncles (who ride motorcylces) were actually in the video. Kind of interesting.

DeniedX
DeniedX on October 1, 2005 at 12:59 am

My family moved to Downingtown in 1987. In 1993, after graduating highschool, I worked for Hechinger, which was part of the shopping center that now occupies the land of the former theater.

sjcst35
sjcst35 on November 20, 2006 at 7:29 pm

I also worked at the Budco Twin cinema from 92-94. I was only 14 when they hired me, it was the only job I could get. By them it was an AMC theater and already on it’s way to being ripped down. Budcoboy71, do you have any pictures of that theater that used to be next to Kmart? I’ve still got friends I met while working there 15 years ago.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 3:03 am

The Exton Drive-In is listed in 1975 with a capacity for 700 cars.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 8:26 pm

It looks like this theater was built in the early 1950s, according to this suit:

This action was commenced in 1956 when Exton Drive-In, Inc. (Exton) filed a complaint in assumpsit against The Home Indemnity Co. (Home) seeking damages under a performance bond in which Home and W. Arnold Blythe (Blythe) had bound themselves jointly and severally to Exton in the sum of $52,000. The bond was conditioned on the full and prompt performance by Blythe of a contract between him and Exton for the grading and paving of a site for an out-door motion picture theater. Exton alleged that this contract had not been fully and promptly performed and claimed damages in the amount of $42,500, being the profits allegedly lost because of delay in performance plus the estimated cost of remedying the defects in performance. Because the bond was a joint undertaking of Blythe as principal and Home as surety, Home impleaded Blythe as an additional defendant asserting joint and several liability. In his answer to the third party complaint, Blythe denied that he had breached the contract and brought a counterclaim against Exton for the unpaid balance of the contract price and for payment for certain additional work he had performed, allegedly at the request of Exton.

The case came on for trial before a judge sitting without a jury in May, 1960. Not until June, 1967, over seven years after the trial was completed did the judge enter his decision in this case. This decision was in the form of a verdict in favor of defendants Home and Blythe on plaintiff’s original complaint and a verdict for Blythe on his counterclaim against Exton in the sum of $ 13,692.49; there were no findings of fact or conclusions of law. Exton filed numerous exceptions to this decision, which were overruled by the court en banc in June, 1968. This appeal followed. Not until April 18, 1969, seventeen days before this appeal was argued, did the trial judge file an opinion explaining the overruling of Exton’s exceptions.

americaone
americaone on July 2, 2009 at 4:18 am

Exton Drive-in was razed for a Shopping Center called Whiteland Towne Center.
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If you look at the map of the center by typing it into , say, Google Earth, it essentially takes up the exact footprint of the original drive-in.

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“The Hooters” (a band from the 80’s) filmed a music video (And We Danced) there that features the marquee at the beginning of the video which is from the Rt 30 entrance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOoU_0PAKoI

There was also an entrance from Rt 100, which is the narrow section of property you will notice on the gray outline of the property on a map.

The video shows EXACTLY what the Drive-in looked like til the day it was closed. All of it was shot on site in one evening. People wanted to leave as filming pressed on late into the evening and some individuals became very agitated, not understanding how long it takes to do a shoot. In the end, it was a nicely made music video and a great archive of a part of the history for our area, although most people don’t know about this video or the drive-in, since it has been gone for 20 years.

Barry DiLibero
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ronnie21
ronnie21 on May 21, 2010 at 1:31 am

1985…. was the video..

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 21, 2010 at 1:40 am

Thanks ronnie21.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 137 West Lincoln Highway. The box office was actually closer to Hwy 100 due to the very long driveway.

ExtonJim
ExtonJim on November 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I grew up in Exton during the 1950s and 60s – and spent a lot of time at this place, both as one of four kids my parents used to take here for movies during the summer, and as a kid running around the property. I knew the family that lived at the Rt 30 end of the long driveway, the Gannons – and my other buddies Steve Ashbridge and Ted Rogers lived within spitting distance, too. Speaking of spitting, Steve and I climbed up the back of the screen one summer day when I was about 12 or 13, and had fun spitting over the edge, as 12 year old boys are wont to do. Until the manager saw us up there and hollered at us to come down. Got in a bit of trouble..not too much, just enough to chasten both of us.

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