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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rpdgirl
rpdgirl on March 8, 2009 at 2:52 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 5:17 am

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 6:07 am

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 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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

BILL EVANS
BILL EVANS on January 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm

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

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on July 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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 6:15 am

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

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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 8:10 am

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”.

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on March 2, 2021 at 1:12 pm

the ramps and ticketbooth still stand as of 2019 possibly even the concession stand

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