Boulevard Drive-In

556 Union Boulevard,
Allentown, PA 18109

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Boulevard Drive-In

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Opened in 1949, the Boulevard Drive-In was located on Union Boulevard in Allentown, not far from Walp’s Restaurant. It had a great location, with a steep hillside parking lot so the views were really unobstructed, and some radio towers nearby that had neon call letters on them (I think WAEB?).

Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s there was minimal development behind the theater so you’d be looking out over a bit of suburbia, and it was just a nice local drive-in. I think it finally closed up in the mid-to-late-1980’s.

I remember going there for the last time around 1981. The whole area nearby has now been developed.

Contributed by LS

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 30, 2006 at 6:01 pm

The Boulevard was built in 1949 and accommodated 900 cars, according to this lawsuit:
http://tinyurl.com/yl392x

melbatoast60
melbatoast60 on July 16, 2007 at 4:54 am

This was a true gem. The large screen faced Union blvd. and one could see the film while driving by. Yes, it was the WAEB towers that could be seen from the drive in. I recall going to this drive in as late as the summer of 1984. (double feature…Breakin' and Beat Street!)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Using the address of 556 Union Boulevard, this is an aerial view circa 2007:
http://tinyurl.com/yacd4ld

Dave Harding
Dave Harding on February 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Here is an update on the status of this Drive-In.

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-alentown-classic-car-driving-track-20130212,0,1464771.story

bwmoll3
bwmoll3 on July 30, 2013 at 7:36 am

WAEB was on the tower behind the drive-in. I used to work there when I was in High School when the station was on Fenwick Street.

When I would get off work during the summer, It was easy to sneak in by walking in the exit, going to the concession stand, buy something to eat and sit in one of the back rows on the ground and listen on a speaker.

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