Mahoning Drive-In

469 Seneca Road,
Lehighton, PA 18235

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Mahoning Drive-In

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Opened in 1948, the Mahoning Drive-In is owned by Mike and Deb Danchak, who also own the nearby Angel Theatre in Coaldale, and features the area’s largest screen, measuring 120 feet wide.

It’s open May-September and features FM/AM listening devices as well as room for 900 cars. There’s a flea market on Sundays. It is hoped to upgrade to digital projection. New playground equipment has also been installed.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

angematange on April 9, 2008 at 7:57 pm

I so glad that we live near a drive-in. I grew up in Harrisburg with three drive-ins nearby. Unfortunately all but one is closed now. It really is an experience! I hope this theater will be around when my kids grow up!

markp on April 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I remember passing this drive-in many times when I would visit my buddy who managed the nearby Mahoning Valley Cinema 8. He told me the place did great business all summer long. Of course that was over 6 years ago, but I hope this place keeps going.

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on April 24, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Made a few road trips to the drive-in last summer,drove out from Jersey book a room, catch the Sat. eve. show check out the flea market on Sunday, very cool place, Jeff the projectionist and his staff are very nice, has a real cool box office ,but last year they built a new box office behind the snack bar,labor/security? I hope they leave the old one it’s so retro! The screen is huge 130' that screen would make up a 12 plex in todays box theatres.These folks also own the Angela theatre in Coaldale which is another treasure.Support this drive-in !

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2010 at 1:45 am

In 1956 it was owned by Ellis Theatres and parked 450 cars.

jwmovies on October 21, 2012 at 5:01 am

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

MahoningDriveIn on March 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

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 3:47 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 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

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

markp on May 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

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

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