Echo Drive-In

380 Wray Large Road,
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025

1000 cars

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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.

WarnerChatham on September 3, 2012 at 6:15 am

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

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.

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.

kencmcintyre on September 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Here is a 1987 view of the South Hills Drive-In:

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.

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 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 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.

kencmcintyre on March 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm

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

rpdgirl on March 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I drove by where I remember the Echo being today… there’s an assisted living center there now?

kencmcintyre on March 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Is there any part of the theater left on the property? If not, the status should be closed/demolished.

kencmcintyre on January 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, March 1956:

PITTSBURGH-The Echo Drive-In here has been purchased by Morris Finkel, indoor exhibitor, and Associated Theaters. Recently it was known that Finkel had closed negotiations for the largest ozoner in the Pittsburgh area from builder Al Kurtak, and now officially the Echo Drive-In on Route 51 at Large is in the joint hands of Associated Theaters and Finkel. The Echo, built and opened last year, is about one-half mile from Associated’s Colonial Drive-In on Route 51.

kencmcintyre on November 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Here is a July 1955 news article about the opening:

Cordicron on August 18, 2007 at 4:26 pm

This is an aerial photo of The Echo Drive-In taken May 26, 1967.
View link The road running diagonally through the photo is Rt 51. You can see the winding road leading up to the entrance.

Photo from Penn Pilot

Cordicron on June 10, 2007 at 11:59 am

When Clairton Road was upgraded several years ago due to the new Mon Valley Expressway, the entrance to the Echo was removed and the hillside graded away. No trace of the entrance remains.

DRIVEIN101 on May 12, 2007 at 7:55 am

Located on top of a hill in the small borough of Large (no pun intended), the Echo opened on July 3, 1955. It was the second of three drive-ins located along the Pleasant Hills/Jefferson Hills stretch of PA 51, preceded by the Colonial five years earlier and followed by the South Hills four years later. The Echo closed at the end of the 1985 season, the first of the trio to close for good.