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. The South Philadelphia Drive-In was opened June 2, 1950. 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 20, 2008 at 1:21 am

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 9:38 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 3, 2010 at 5:54 am

Here is a 1952 sketch from Temple U:

jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark on December 3, 2012 at 8:21 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 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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 5:53 pm

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

whognu on September 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm

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.

rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm

June 2nd, 1950 grand opening ad

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