Blue Dell Drive-In

Route 30,
North Versailles, PA 15137

500 cars

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jwmovies
jwmovies on September 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 14431 U.S. 30, Irwin, PA. The Belle Aire Drive-in is located just NE off Peterson Rd.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 2, 2010 at 9:45 am

There are pictures of this drive-in on its gallery page at Drive-ins.com: http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/patblu2

johnfar
johnfar on March 3, 2009 at 8:04 am

One of my favorite places to spend a summer day in the 50s was the Blue Dell complex. We would spend the day swimming (one of the largest pools in the Pgh area), then eat and later the drive-in, preferably in the balcony. The Blue Dells claim to fame was the balcony, a bluff over looking the main section of the drive-in. Snacks were acquired by trips up and down the stairs connection the parts. Nice memories.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on April 13, 2007 at 4:22 am

The Blue Dell Drive-In was one of many drive-ins built on or just off of the original Lincoln Highway in Southwestern Pennsylvania; others included Super 30, Maple, Greater Pittsburgh, Ardmore, Twin Hi-Way and Super 30 West. This was also one of several drive-ins owned and operated by the Warren family. One of these, Belle-Aire, was built behind the Blue Dell Pool.

For years after closing, the drive-in screen and sign (as well as the pool sign and the deteriorating pool itself) remained standing. The screen was just taken down a few years ago. Vangura laminating plant now stands on the drive-in site.