Newark Drive-In

170 Foundry Street,
Newark, NJ 07105

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Newark Drive-In exterior

The Newark Drive-In opened near the Newark Airport on June 8, 1955, with Kirk Douglas in “Man Without a Star” & Edward G. Robinson in “Bullet for Joey”. It had a capacity for 2,500 cars. It was operated by Redstone Drive-In Theaters and closed in the mid-1960’s. On June 25, 1982 it became a three screen theatre.

National Amusements built the All Jersey Multiplex Cinemas on the site in 1991.

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Vito on August 29, 2006 at 1:56 am

The 12 screen All Jersey Multiplex, which opened in 1992 on the site of the old drive-in, will close on 9/4/06

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Thanks for the ad Bill.

njdrivein on July 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

How many drive-ins that National Amusements converted to multiplexes failed? The Newark, Amboys and Atco immediately come to mind. Maybe they should convert them back to drive-ins.

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Drive-In 54 on July 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

National Amusements closed their three drive-ins in the Toledo area in 1986. Built a new theater on the Maumee Drive-In site and the Franklin Park Drive-In, Miracle Mile Drive-In sites went retail. They sold the Maumee location to Rave, because of money problems. Rave closed it because of too many screens in the area. It was sold to a church. That will be big church!!! A lot of people I have talked to, miss the Maumee Drive-In. The Maumee was the oldest one in the Toledo area!! All three are listed on Cinema Treasures…

Mikeoaklandpark on July 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Need to update to 3 screens. The 3 smaller screens were added in front of the large single screen that once was the only screen. The large original screen was kept in tact after the 3 new smaller ones were added.

jwmovies on October 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 170 Foundry Street, Newark, NJ 07105.

gammawarrior on April 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

My dad would take us from Staten Island to the Newark drive-in in the 70s, we’d pick up some Cuban sandwiches and enjoy whatever was being shown. Saw Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee on the big screen, great times. Would love to see drive-ins come back.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

Still need to update above to 3 screens.

rivest266 on February 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm

This opened on June 8th, 1955 as the world’s largest and most magnificent drive-in theatre with the world’s largest cinemascope screen and the world’s largest dining pavilion according to the grand opening ad that I posted in the photo section for this drive-in.

rivest266 on July 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Three screens on June 25th, 1982, the Green, Blue, and Red. Ad in photo section.

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