Greater Pittsburgh Drive-In

500 Lincoln Highway,
North Versailles, PA 15137

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Located on Route 30 in the Turtle Creek district. Opened May 28, 1954 with a curved CinemaScope screen. One of several Pittsburgh area drive-ins owned by Marty Warren and family. Originally had a children’s playground. In later years, a miniature golf course was added on the hillside before the box office.

Closed at the end of the 1997 season. A Wal-Mart now occupies the site where the Greater Pittsburg Drive-In stood.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

edblank
edblank on May 20, 2008 at 2:49 pm

The Wal-Mart and its parking lot occupy much/most of the site of the old Greater Pittsburgh Drive-In. However, when the short-lived, ill-fated Loew’s North Versailles opened on property adjacent to the Wal-Mart, I asked several key people if the Loew’s parking lot, in stretching toward the Wal-Mart, did not also cover some of the land formerly occupied by the drive-in. The concensus was that it did. Those five drive-in lots occupied a fair amount of acreage up there. Sorry it’s all lost to us now. – Ed Blank

rivest266
rivest266 on March 10, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Found the grand opening ad at View link

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Sucks this place closed.

My then-girlfriend and I saw “Basic Instinct”, “Sister Act” & “Jurrasic Park” here.

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on April 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

This was a great place to see a movie. The main screen was slightly curved for Cinemascope features. I remember being able to see this drive-in from a distance as I climbed the big hill on the Thunderbolt at Kennywood. You could see the back of screen one (the curved one) and the front of screen 2 from the top of the Thunderbolt. In later years, they had five screens. We went there the last summer they were opened (1997) to see “Air Force One”. It is sorely missed.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Added grand opening ad and 1959 and 1969 aerials. It looks they reconfigured the screens and parking.

SusanD
SusanD on September 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Ed Blank,

Your comment from a few years ago about the Greater Pittsburgh Drive-In occupying some of the land that the old Loews 20 sits on makes sense.

I tried looking at a Google Map by entering the address of the drive in and the address of the Loews. Don’t use Google Maps—they would have you believe the drive-in occupied the site of the bowling alley.

I used Yahoo Maps instead and I could see tht what you said is true. Just one thing though—use zipcode 15137 for both addresses.

James_Slick
James_Slick on May 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Another reason to hate W*l-M**t!!!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 10, 2015 at 11:55 am

1994 photo added, photo credit & copyright Martin Treu.

Jacktheram
Jacktheram on September 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm

I loved the Greater Pittsburgh Drive in, went to it in the early 1960,s with my parents, usually to see a war movie or cowboy movie my old man would want to see, lol. I went to it almost every weekend in my late teens in the late 60,s and 70,s with dates, usually to make out but to see the movies too, lol. In the 80,s when I was married, we would take the kids one night to see kiddie movies and one night for me and my wife to see a movie. I always liked the first screen because of the big grassy play area. Would play football or baseball with the kids. I hated it when they sold the property to wal mart, I wouldn,t go to wal mart the first 5 years it was open. Joe Warren, the son of Marty Warren took the money he got and bought an existing drive out in Scottdale. It’s called the Evergreen Drive In and now has 3 screens. I still go out there, but not like I did to the Greater Pittsburgh. Sad that drive in,s are almost all gone, but Joe is still trying to keep his going. Still miss the Greater Pittsburgh, was my favorite of all the drive in,s.

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