Anthony Wayne Drive-In

67 Willowbrook Boulevard,
Wayne, NJ 07470

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Anthony Wayne Drive-In

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Opened in the mid 1960s, this theater was demolished and the site is now Costco and Sports Authority. Located south of Willowbrook Boulevard across from the Firestone Store.

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pbubny
pbubny on December 9, 2005 at 2:23 pm

The Loews Wayne 14 might also occupy some of the land formerly given over to the Anthony Wayne. One of the last drive-ins to close in northern New Jersey, and also the only D/I I’ve ever been to. I think it was around 1978 or ‘79. The budding cinephile in me kinda sneered at the drive-in experience then (picture too dark, audio coming out of a froggy-sounding speaker, people POSSIBLY NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE MOVIE), but there was also a communal, summer-outdoorsy vibe that I haven’t forgotten. The closest I’ve come to it since then has been at outdoor concerts. Now I actually envy people who can visit a drive-in without having to make a road trip out of it. Today, if I want a drive-in experience (and I just might, one of these summers), I’ll have to go either out of state to upstate New York or northeastern Pennsylvania, or down to Vineland in South Jersey, where a new drive-in has opened in NJ for the first time in what seems like about 200 years. Either way, I’m talking about a drive of 70 to 100 miles.

ivacadmus
ivacadmus on May 16, 2008 at 11:27 am

I went to this theater from April 1969 till we moved out of state in 1973. I still have a ticket stub in my scrapbook where they carged $2.50 for two movies. I remember they would have people knocking on your car windows with empty pop corn tubs to collect for “The Will Rodgers Fund.” Thanks for the memories, Nostalgic Girl

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