Absecon Drive-In

421 E. Absecon Road,
Absecon, NJ 08201

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TheALAN on April 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm

The Home Depot is NOT on the site of the Absecon Drive-In! The home improvement center is next to the drive-in, on the site of the old golf course. And the Absecon Drive-In never had three screens. The screen structure that was erected in 1970 still stands, or at least it did until October, 2012 when Hurricane (SuperStorm) Sandy hit. Not much else remained.

lil_odesa on May 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

i beleive the screen last up till last year when hurricane sandy hit sandy took the screen with her you know i always seen that screen and knew that once before there was a drive in there but i never knew it was from the 50’s ad 60’s its funny how a piece of time can stand still and be not effected by weather or storms but i reminder and memories to some of a fun time in a place of time

Mikeoaklandpark on August 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

The information up top needs to be updated. The theater was never 3 screens and it’s later years it was operated by The Franks not the Milgrams

jwmovies on August 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm

The entrance was further south-approx. 512 E. Absecon Road.

kencmcintyre on March 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I will be in Absecon in May. I hope to stop by the ruins to take some photos. Last time there was a deluge so I passed.

kencmcintyre on March 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

If you enter 421 E. Absecon Avenue, city of Absecon, on this site and pan down a bit, you can see some nice aerials from the sixties and seventies.
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Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I remember sitting on the tracks around 1968. We saw “You Only Live Twice”, & “Hotrods To Hell”.

kencmcintyre on May 31, 2008 at 2:15 pm

I drove by today and saw the intact screen. It’s pouring rain, so I’m not stopping.

kencmcintyre on April 27, 2008 at 12:38 pm

OK, thanks. I will be back there next month. I will try and take some pictures.

petkennel on April 27, 2008 at 10:57 am

I drive past this every day. The screen is still up. Its presently being used as a staging area for a bridge construction project a mile away. Also, most of the seedy motels around it previously mentioned to be closed, are in fact still open.

kencmcintyre on March 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm

If anyone is driving past here soon, let me know if the screen has been taken down.

kencmcintyre on February 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm

There is a Home Depot on the adjacent property, which used to be a golf course. I imagine that most of the ramshackle motels on the Pike will be gone soon. Many of them have been closed and deteriorating for years.

rave323 on February 13, 2008 at 8:08 am

Is it possible they are reopening it? Nah, we need another Target/Wal-Mart/Lowes.

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Here are more photos from drive-ins.com. It looks like the screen will come down soon:

kencmcintyre on November 14, 2007 at 9:13 pm

The entrance was on the White Horse Pike. The marquee was out on the Pike as well. There was a narrow two lane road that led to the ticket booth about a hundred yards back from the street. From there you would park your car and enjoy the show.

rave323 on November 12, 2007 at 10:39 pm

This is a very eerie place to visit. All that is left is a screen and a single pole. The rest is trees and trash. How in the world did you het in and out of this place? Anyway, it is in the middle of nowhere, and would probably not cost much to buy and refurbish. I would certainly take a trip there one night.

kencmcintyre on August 27, 2007 at 8:59 pm

The 1963 motion picture almanac gives the car capacity of this drive-in as 642. The operator at that time was Al Frank.

kencmcintyre on April 24, 2007 at 3:23 pm

They were showing soft porn as early as 1975, as I recall.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on March 13, 2007 at 11:45 pm

I ran the last film there in the summer of 1983. The FRANKS were trying to make it into a truck stop for casino buses. They had showers and sleeping bunks in the kitchen area, for the bus drivers. The films that we were showing were soft core porn. We charged 4.00 a carload, but the marquee said: 4.00 a load. I think that they were running out of letters.

kencmcintyre on November 16, 2006 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for the pics from my neck of the woods. The opening date was probably in the early 60s. I saw Snow White, some other Disney film (Bluebeard’s Ghost?) and Sergeant Deadhead (with the Three Stooges) as a five or six year old, circa 1966.

kencmcintyre on November 16, 2006 at 3:00 pm

According to CT contributor crazybob, the Absecon Drive-In was first owned by Walter Reade and later by the Frank family.

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2006 at 1:56 pm

The screen is still standing. The adjacent golf course is now a Home Depot and Staples office supply store.