Morris Plains Drive-In

2040 New Jersey 10,
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

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Morris Plains Drive-In...Morris Plains New Jersey

The Route 10 Drive-In was opened April 8, 1948 with John Mills in “Great Expectations” & Lynne Roberts in “The Magnificent Rogue”. In 1955 the Morris Plains Drive-In was operated by Frank Damis, Eastern Management Outdoor Theatres of Newark. Later operated by General Cinema Theatre.

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BobHardin on May 15, 2006 at 10:06 am

While growing up in the 60’s, my brother and I often ventured out with mom and dad to the Morris Plans Drive In. Residing up the highway in Denville, we probably could have walked, had there been sidewalks on Rt 10.. In the 70’s I was able to drive myself. Near the end of the drive in’s run, there were a few times we’d arrive at the lot, circle through, only to realize no one was there to run the show. The end was near. But, in the mid 80’s is when my note of interest takes place…

I rented the upstairs of a kind woman’s house in Dover. Her name was Bea Doland, and her husband had passed years earlier, prior to my moving in. I partially recall one of our conversations involving the Morris Plains Drive In. She stated that she, and her husband, had managed(owned?) the MPDI for some 20(?) odd years. I think, at the time, I asked if she had any photos. She did not. That was that. My interest in local ‘retro’ history has grown since then, I regret not having asked her to share more memories.

teecee on August 20, 2006 at 12:39 pm

The Sound of Music played here on August 17, 1968:
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moviebuff82 on February 24, 2007 at 7:45 am

what’s in place of the drive in? At the intersection is a bunch of retail space that has taken up the space of the farm.

filmfanz on February 29, 2008 at 9:19 am

If my memory serves correctly, the entrance for the drive-in would have been almost exactly where the BARNES and NOBLE stands right now…and the parking/viewing area would have been where the Campus Drive Corporate Park marrs the landscape.

moviebuff82 on February 29, 2008 at 11:26 am

that must’ve been some big space for such a drive-in.

jayessar on September 25, 2012 at 6:27 am

Entrance was on Route 10 westbound, beyond Route 202, but before Route 53. The screen was near the road, and was parellel with Route 10.

jwmovies on October 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2040 New Jersey 10.

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Drive-In 54 on January 25, 2016 at 7:00 am

The address is:

2040 New Jersey 10 Morris Plains, NJ 07950

rivest266 on January 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm

This opened on April 8th, 1948. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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