Family Drive-In

713 E. Baltimore Avenue,
Clifton Heights, PA 19018

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jwmovies
jwmovies on September 30, 2012 at 2:26 am

Correction: Ave. not Pike. Pike will not map to the K-Mart.

Jackt
Jackt on July 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Oddly, the “Family” drive-in went out of busines showing adult films. It was really a dirty, poorly maintained theatre as were many of the Budco chain back then. A few downtown theatres were palaces but the suburban ones were wrecks. Eric really put them out of business with their “black box”, no frills theatres at a time when the business was tough to begin with. Ultimately they both were taken out by the big consolidated chains. In the case of this D-I, it was a humane death.

George Quirk
George Quirk on December 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The following item appeared Aug. 12, 1978, in the NEWS of Delaware County.

Relief is less than a month away for those Clifton Heights and Drexel Hill residents who have complained in the past about sexually-explicit films being shown at the Family Drive-In.

On Labor Day, the theatre management will present the last picture show. Soon thereafter, ground will be broken on the drive-in site for a K-Mart department store.

The issuing of a building permit for the $1 million project clears the way for builders to begin work on the new store next month.

George Quirk
George Quirk on July 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Mike, the original concession stand was right behind the projection booth, in the mid 60’s it was torn down and replaced by a new one at the rear of the theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Never seen the concession that far back.wonder what the thinking was?

George Quirk
George Quirk on July 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

The Family was purchased as a package deal, with the Main Line Drive-In and 309 Drive-In by Budco. I managed the theater in the 60s, Berlo Vending ran the concessions for Budco in most of it’s theaters.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Was looking at the aerial photos, I never thought about how much a drive in looked like a baseball park.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm

In 1956 it was owned by J.Van Lloyd. it still parked 550 cars.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Here is a 1971 photo. I used 713 E. Baltimore Pike, which is the address of the KMart:
http://tinyurl.com/ykol5d8

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 16, 2008 at 9:10 pm

The Family Drive-In had a capacity for 550 cars.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 24, 2007 at 3:47 am

As a kid we went there all the time. Is aw Pinnochio there, father Goose, The Art Of Love, The Trail Of Billy Jack and many others that I can’t remember. Near the end they started showing adult films and since the screen was visible from Baltimore Pike, it caused a lot of complaints.

BobR
BobR on April 23, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Went there once and it started to rain real hard. The theater gave us passes to come back another night.

soulfulparader
soulfulparader on July 29, 2006 at 10:20 am

one could see the movies at this location for free either in the St. Charles cemetary or if you lived on the 1st block of Shadeland Avenue ( on back porches) which is also now mostly demolished….

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 24, 2005 at 2:49 pm

When the drive in closed it became a K-Mart.