South Philadelphia Drive-In

South Broad Street and Hartranft Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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South City Drive-In Drawing

It used to be on South Broad Street at Hartranft Street to the north of Pattison Avenue, above the naval base, around where the sports complex now stands. The South City Drive-In was opened June 2, 1950. By 1955 the South City Drive-In was operated by Charles Goldfine. It was later renamed South Philadelphia Drive-In and closed in 1966. Demolished soon after to make way for the stadiums.

Contributed by Joe Loverro

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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.

rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 4:07 am

June 2nd, 1950 grand opening ad

NYozoner on January 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

All references in Film Daily Yearbook and International Motion Picture Almanac call this South City Drive-In. The grand opening ad indicates it was called South City Drive-In. The signage in the photo uploaded on the photo page also points toward this drive-in being called South City.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm

I Know that in 64 it was the South Phila Drive In. I remember as it was the only time I was at the theater. It would be interesting to see fi someone can find when it changed names. To my knowledge it was operated by George Hamid who operated all the Atlantic City theaters and built the Stadium theater across the street which is now demolished.

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