Rainbow Gardens Drive-In

PA 48 at Lincoln Way,
McKeesport, PA 15131

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Rainbow Gardens Drive-In

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Rainbow Gardens was an amusement triplex consisting of swimming pool (opened in 1924) and amusement park (added in the mid-1940’s), with the drive-in following in 1948. It was located in the northeast corner of PA 48 and Lincoln Way; the amusement park was built alongside the two roads, surrounding the pool. The drive-in was placed at the northern end of the park alongside PA 48. It was operated by Co-Operative Theatre Services.

Everything was razed at the end of the 1968 season for a new PA 48 Expressway. Unfortunately, this never materialized, so one can only guess how many more years the triplex would have been around. The pool and park sites are now occupied by a shopping center with a car dealership placed where the drive-in was.

Contributed by Denny Pine

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DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on March 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

Scratch the location I mentioned above! I got my corners completely mixed up. The Rainbow Gardens triplex was actually in the NORTHEAST corner of 48 and Lincoln Way, not northwest. The amusement park and pool were on the corner with the drive-in at the eastern end alongside Lincoln Way. The site is now occupied by Oak Park Mall.

I misinterpreted the aerial shots I have of the park/pool/drive-in. My apologies for this rather big goof, but I guess that happens sometimes when such drive-ins are strategically placed.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 11, 2012 at 6:16 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was drive-in was 2001 Lincoln Way.

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