Mahoning Drive-In

635 Seneca Road,
Lehighton, PA 18235

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Mahoning Drive-In

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The Mahoning Drive-In opened in 1948 and was operated by James Humphries. Initially it had a capacity for 600 cars. In recent years it was owned by Mike and Deb Danchak, who also owned the nearby Angel Theatre in Coaldale. New owners took over the Mahoning Drive-In in 2014.

Open May-September at weekends, it features the area’s largest screen, measuring 120ft wide. It features FM listening devices as well as room for 900 cars. The Mahoning Drive-In is ‘all retro’, featuring 35mm film prints. It also now offers camping on the grounds for an extra $10 per car load.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

jwmovies on October 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Location for this drive-in is Seneca Rd. between Mahoning Dr. East & Carnation Ln.

MahoningDriveIn on March 3, 2013 at 5:30 am

The Mahoning is being brought up to standards. It is also adding a second screen, digital and neon. A new marquee is being built this summer. More updated pictures will be up soon.

mikedanchak on May 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

I operate this dr-in from 1999 to now, and it has only one screen 106 ft. wide. Unless a miracle happens that we can afford a digital proj. system, we will probably close for 2014. I & a lot of other people love this dr-in & would hate to see it go…

Mikeoaklandpark on May 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

Great huge screen. This digital conversion really sucks. So many wonderful theaters will be gone.

markp on May 11, 2013 at 5:41 am

You are so right Mikeoaklandpark. I just lost my full time job yesterday, as the last of the 6 screens in the theatre I worked at went digital. And my owner told me that theatres have to be done even sooner now. It was supposed to be the end of summer, but 20th Fox for one is running out of film stock. They may be able to release 1 or 2 more features on 35mm and thats it. Same for the other companies too. Very sad indeed. I was at this theatre back in the late 90’s when my buddy was manager up the road at the Mahoning Valley Cinema 8. Nice drice-in.

DavidZornig on February 2, 2015 at 5:50 am

Here is a recent Facebook album of 30+ photos, some of vinatge equipment. Copy and Paste to view when logged in on Facebook.

HowardBHaas on July 20, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Inquirer article yesterday on how 2 ex Temple film students + long time projectionist are running it with 35mm films-

melvin on July 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm

The Mahoning Drive-In is open this season under new management, as the article above details. They’re a great, film-loving crew and super-friendly. This season they’re going all-retro/all-35mm with an eclectic line-up of themed weekends, with some really rare titles being shown among the classics. They undid the corral setup, and the lot is once again wide open, with the original ticket booth in use. They now offer camping (outdoors or sleeping in your car) for an extra $10 per car, which makes it easier on folks like me who travel long distances to see these rare and amazing shows they’re putting on. Snack bar prices are very inexpensive, too.

ROCKER4EVER on August 10, 2015 at 7:31 am

Update-This theater is no longer run by the Danchaks,and there is no playground equipment nor flea market,BUT,they are showing 35mm retro shows every weekend,check one out and help support this drive-in, they have a Facebook page

welder1977 on February 24, 2016 at 5:56 am

Humphries didnt operate the Drive In at Mahoning Valley. He was a Dr a Dentist from Lehighton was one of the ownwers as was Mr Becker from Tamaqua and also my parents William C Shirar and Loretta K.Shirar. My mother did the bookings at and first my dad showed the movies on the screen. They also owned the Mahoning Valley Florial Company located near the Drive In.

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