Echo Drive-In

380 Wray Large Road,
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025

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Echo Drive-In

One of the ‘3 Musketeers’ of Route 51, along with the Colonia Drive-In and South Hills Drive-In. The Echo Drive-In was near the township of Large, and was opened onJuly 2, 1955 with Robert Taylor in “Many Rivers to Cross” & Donna Corcoran in “Gypsy Colt”. Closed on September 15, 1985 with Clint Eastwood in “Pale Rider” & Mel Gibson in “Mad Max”. A nursing home sits on the old Echo Drive-In site now.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 8, 2009 at 9:38 pm

That’s what was noted earlier. I was wondering if any part of the drive-in remains.

rpdgirl
rpdgirl on March 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm

no, nothing except for an all too level looking empty space next to the assisted living center. I do remember the screen still being there in the late 80’s, early 90’s.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on March 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I was fortunate to have gotten photos of the field, screen, and snack bar before it was all torn down. You can find these on www.drive-ins.com Unfortunately, the marquee was already removed from Route 51. I also missed getting the marquees for the neighboring Colonial and South Hills Drive-Ins too. Eventually somebody out there has photos of these marquees and can post them on the Internet. Anyone?

rpdgirl
rpdgirl on March 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I wish I did.. I only have the South Hills one in my head. I looked on pittsburgh signs website.. not there.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 26, 2009 at 2:18 am

Here is a 1987 view of the South Hills Drive-In:
http://tinyurl.com/yedrna8

BILL EVANS
BILL EVANS on January 29, 2012 at 2:49 am

The main photo is not anwhwere near where the drive in was. It was miles down the road.

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on August 1, 2012 at 1:04 am

I remember going here for several movies, including a double bill of “The Sting” and “The Hindenburg”. My Dad noticed there was a Hudson Truck parked behing the screen. Hudson built mostly cars, so this was a rare vehicle. It must of been owned by somebody that worked there.

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on September 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Does anybody have any photos of this drive-in that they could post?

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 29, 2012 at 12:19 am

Now Arden Courts of Jefferson Hills. Approx. address for this drive-in was 380 Wray Large Road, Jefferson Hills.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on November 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Grand opening was on July 2, 1955 with “Many Rivers To Cross” and “Gypsy Colt”. Final night of operation was on September 15, 1985 with “Pale Rider” and “Mad Max”.

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