Lawrence Drive-In

2783 U.S. 1 Business,
Trenton, NJ 08648

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Lawrence Drive-In exterior

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Located in Lawrence Township, two miles north of Trenton. I am not sure how many drive-in theatres were operated by Walter Reade, but this was one of them. The Lawrence Drive-In opened on August 23, 1949, with a capacity for 850 cars.

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raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on June 19, 2005 at 4:51 pm

TC, I passed Lawrence not to long ago and the old marquee is still stand with thr Lawrence name. There was a US-1 D-I on Rt 1 in Penna. in the falls/morrisville area which is just south of Trenton owned by Shapario Theatres from Phila. About a 1000 car D-I. The field is still there and some signs of the entrance of Rt.1. rg

teecee
teecee on June 21, 2005 at 10:20 am

Found an article about the history of the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Association. On October 29, 1949 they fought a large blaze: “The fire scene is a half-mile south of the Lawrence drive-in theater.”

InNJ
InNJ on September 23, 2005 at 4:57 pm

The Lawrence drive-in was located on US Rt 1 in Lawrence Twp NJ, just north of Trenton, and just north of the Brunswick Circle. It was owned by Hellman’s theaters, who also owned the Trenton Drive-In and the Morrisville (PA) Drive-In. In the 1950’s, the Lawrence had a live animal exhibit for pre-dusk viewing. The US1 Drive-In theater was the last new drive-in in the area (late 1960’s), and was located in Fairless Hills Pa on US Rt 1.

raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on September 23, 2005 at 8:54 pm

InNJ, The Morrisville D-I in Morrisville, Pa. was operated by Budco Theatres out of Doylestown, Pa. I was the dist. mgr. for this and the Ewing D-I in Ewing, N.J. in the 60’s. I have agreat color aerial picture of the Morrisville D-I. Its now a shopping ctr. rg

rivest266
rivest266 on October 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I posted the grand opening ad in this theatre’s photo page.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2783 U.S. 1 Business, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648. Located behind the Mercer County Library. Part of the entrance road is still visible behind the shopping center at this address.

Tine263
Tine263 on May 1, 2013 at 2:20 am

Does anyone have any information about this location? Besides the entrance road (small part), is there anything else remaining? Even something as small as tiles from the bathroom to a speaker pole….

Thank you.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I know Walter Reade theaters operated the Atlantic and Absecon Drive-In in the Atlantic City area.

realgone222
realgone222 on July 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm

There are townhouses built on this site now and all remnants of the theater are gone. There was a sign that was removed a couple of years ago near the southbound side of the road. The Bing areal maps still show the field probably from 2004 or so but that’s whats left of the bygone era.

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