Atlantic Drive-In

Black Horse Pike,
Egg Harbor, NJ 08234

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rivest266
rivest266 on August 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

1951 aerial photo uploaded, They must had moved the drive-in to make room for the shopping mall by 1969.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 25, 2013 at 7:41 am

1970 USGS aerial photo uploaded showing the Town cinema (as a twin)

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on September 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

Informaton needs to be updated. This drive in never had 3 screens.It was always a single screen theater.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 4, 2012 at 5:42 am

Address for the drive-in was 6733 Black Horse Pike. The screen was originally where the mall entrance is now. The latter screen was in the back on the mall on SW side, just west of the multiplex.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

In the later years it was operated by the dreaded Frank Theaters.

jewgirl952
jewgirl952 on October 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Oh, and Crazy Bob, please go to this link for many pictures and more info on the Drive-In. Your picture is actually on there, as well as others. If you haven’t seen it, you’ll get a big kick out of it. http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/njtatla

jewgirl952
jewgirl952 on October 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Hey Crazy Bob, in 1968 on Saturday nights, ours was always the last car there because we never watched the movie, our car windows were steamed up and then we fell asleep and got locked in. That cute guy and I got married and have been together for 44 years.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on July 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

The man is me. I worked as a rural letter carrier, in Mays Landing for my day job, & put a suit on & managed the Atantic & Absecon drive-ins (also the Ventnor & Margate) & I loved the Atlantic so much, that I wore a suit to work. it was my idea, & the Franks loved it! Sometimes I had to run the projectors (20 minute reels, & carbon arc lamps.

..I also have Asperger’s Syndrome, so I’m pretty weird!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Assume the man in the picture was the Manager? Been around alot of Drive-ins Never saw a manager there yet in a Suit.Learn something everyday.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on July 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Around 1970, I lived on Pineview Ave., in Cardiff. I walked to the Atlantic Drive-In to go to work. Our mailing address was Pleasantville, NI, 08232. Egg Harbor City is at the intersection of NJ RT. 50, & US RT. 30 (White Horse Pike.) EHT got it’s own zipcode in the late 80,s or 90’s.

RickB
RickB on January 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Legally the site was always in Egg Harbor Township, but the township name wasn’t commonly used for addresses until after the drive-in closed. Cardiff would be the nearest community within the township, but businesses around there that were looking to draw customers from out of town advertised as being in Pleasantville, which was better known and was probably the post office serving the area. In the 1990s the township started trying to build up an identity and asked businesses to say that they were in EHT in their advertising; many did, especially after the township got its own ZIP code. The address at the top of the page really should say Egg Harbor Township instead of just Egg Harbor; some people, especially older ones, interpret just Egg Harbor to mean Egg Harbor City, which is a completely different place.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Pleasantville would be correct, or Cardiff possibly. My brother lives close to the old site, and his address is in Cardiff.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Listed in 1956 Motion Picture Almanac as being located in Pleasantville.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on January 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

How COOL! If you click on the 1963 or the 1957 link, you see the old Atantic DI.

The area south, between the screen, & the G.S. Parkway ramp was called Pioneer Town, I believe. I went there as a small kid.

My father had the Sinclair gas station on the Cardiff circle in 1957.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Here is a 1970 aerial photo. The Towne 4 is at the right:
http://tinyurl.com/yfodvbt

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 1, 2009 at 11:39 am

This is from Boxoffice in June 1950:

Walter Reade Theatres will open the 800-car Atlantic Drive-In Friday June 16 at Pleasantville, N.J. It will be the second drive-in opened by the circuit this year. An 850-car drive-in was opened April 21 at Eatontown, N.J. The Atlantic is the sixth drive-in on the Walter Reade circuit. It is located eight miles from Atlantic City and is the first to be built in the area. A play area has been constructed on the grounds. Jack Hamilton will be manager.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine, August 1962:

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.-Expansion of Al Frank’s Atlantic Drive-In, recently acquired from Walter Reade, was made possible by replacement of the old wood tower by a new and larger Selby screen tower following the big Atlantic coast storm this spring.

Space on the back of the screen, visible from the Garden State Parkway and busy Route 40, was rented to a local radio station. Sign lettering was painted directly on the reverse side of Selby’s surface panels.

RickB
RickB on October 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm

The site is in Egg Harbor Township (not to be confused with Egg Harbor City), but during the time that the drive-in was open it would have had a Pleasantville mailing address and was shown as a Pleasantville theater in newspaper listings.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 19, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I think that’s the one. Egg Harbor is much further west, near Hammonton.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm

I’m not sure why I put Egg Harbor as the city originally. This would be either Pleasantville or Cardiff, I think.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 4, 2008 at 9:58 am

I just posted a google earth image on drive-ins.com. You can still see the Atlantic drive-in footprint. The screen was to the south. GSP entrance ramp ran behind it.
http://www.drive-ins.com/detail/njtatla

As a little kid,in the ‘50s, My parents took me to a place just south of the oringinal Atlantic drive-in, called “Frontierland” or something like that.

Hey I heard that they just tore down “Adventure Village” on the Black Horse Pike. We went to “Story Book Land” on our kindergarten trip back in 1958. Thats still open!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 14, 2008 at 4:29 pm

The drive-in screens were directly behind where the Towne multiplex is now. Walk behind the theater and then straight ahead about three hundred yards.

tnotaro93
tnotaro93 on August 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Can anyone mark where it was located on a screen shot of Google Maps (or any)? I live right down the street and was hoping to explore about where it was. Unless it was completely demolished and cleaned up. It’d be neat it there was something left to see. Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 15, 2008 at 7:01 pm

For some reason I often have this persistent memory of a summer night maybe late sixties or early seventies. Three movies are playing to a packed house. My mom and I were at the Shore mall for some reason, and I remember vividly the movies flickering on the big screens.