Chester Pike Drive-In

1915 Chester Pike,
Eddystone, PA 19022

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The Chester Pike Drive-In was opened by Ellis Theatres in June 1949. It had a capacity for 915 cars. There was a fully equipped childrens playground beneath the screen. The combined concession/projection rooms also contained a dance floor. In later years it had THX sound. Closed in 1979 or 1980.

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BobR
BobR on March 23, 2006 at 5:05 pm

I believe the drive-in was actually in Ridley Township. It was located on Chester Pike hence the name. Was a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a movie and your youth. Great snack bar with french fries that came in a wooden tub. Had live music at times and a small playground for kids. I95 runs through part of it now and there is nothing left but the lovely memories.

miragirl
miragirl on February 23, 2008 at 5:22 am

I remember going to the Chester Pike Drive-In as a child. We would get there before dark and my sister and I would play in the playground, and we even wore our pjs! It was a different and lovely world.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 21, 2009 at 5:30 am

Here is a March 1970 ad from the Delaware County Daily Times:
http://tinyurl.com/o6vxbg

muviebuf
muviebuf on September 5, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Someone correct me if I am wrong.

THX was only first incorporated in 1981 and was first used for Return of the Jedi in 1983.

It is not seperate equipment but rather a certification that the venue meets certain standards focusing on the entire experience (e.g. the doors to the auditorium do not slam shut0.

I fail to see how a drive in could have THX certification.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 19, 2012 at 5:48 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2001 Chester Pike, Eddystone, PA. Hwy 95 now runs through where the theatre stood.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 1, 2017 at 1:59 am

1915 Chester Pike
Eddystone, PA 19022

Address is off by a quarter mile.

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