South Philadelphia Drive-In

South Broad Street and Hartranft Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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South City Drive-In Drawing

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It used to be on South Broad Street at Hartranft Street, above the naval base, around where the sports complex now stands. It was closed in 1966. Demolished soon after to make way for the stadiums.

Contributed by Joe Loverro

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kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 5:21 pm

In the late sixties, the South City was part of the Northeast Drive-In Theater Corp., headquartered in Boston. Northeast at that time operated drive-ins in eleven states. One of the chief officers was Sumner Redstone. The other two chief officers were Redstones as well.

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Here is an interesting view fromn 1963. JFK Stadium is to the south. The drive-in is where Veterans Stadium was before it too was demolished. The Spectrum had not yet been built.

kencmcintyre on February 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Here is a 1952 sketch from Temple U:

jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was S Broad St & Hartranft St, Philadelphia, PA 19145.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

It was demolished to make way for Veterans stadium the Phillies/Eagle stadium shich has since been demolished. It had a huge screen. I remember in 1966 they were playing Elvis Pressley Girl Girls Girls.

TheALAN on March 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Ground breaking for Veterans Stadium was 10 April, 1967 so 1966 would have been the last year for the South City Drive-In.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

The drive in was actually named the South Philadelphia drive-in

whognu on September 24, 2015 at 6:06 am

My first experience with PIX mosquito repellant. The films were “Imitation of Life” with Lana Turner and “Raisin in the Sun” with Sydney Poitier. I mostly slept in the back seat.

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