Tri-State Drive-In

1966 Smith Township State Road,
Slovan, PA 15021

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Opened July 3, 1955. Located in a tiny village in rural Washington County. Closed in the late-1970’s or early-1980’s. Everything was still there, including the drive-in sign (with Coca-Cola logo), ticket booth, projection building, and screen, but by 2013, only the ruins of the screen survive.

Contributed by Denny Pine

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DRIVEIN101 on June 14, 2010 at 9:03 am

I drove past the Tri-State for the first time in a while yesterday. The TRI-STATE DRIVE-IN/Coca-Cola sign is gone, and the stone pillar that said TRI-STATE as well as the ticket booth have been torn down. The deteriorating screen is still up but is now missing one of the metal slabs.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for the info Denny,it won’t be long before a shopping center will probably be there.Hope you took pictures!

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

Roughly 1960 Smith Township State Road.

edblank on June 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, while the Tri-State was in its heyday, the weekly playbill/program featuring current and forthcoming features was inserted in all copies of The Pittsburgh Press distributed in the Burgettstown/McDonald/Bulger/Midway area.

jwmovies on December 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The address for this drive-in was 1966 Smith Township State Road.

edblank on December 25, 2012 at 5:21 am

Up until perhaps the 1970s, there was an indoor theater called the Mary Ann, which I believe was in McDonald PA. There seems to be no Cinema Treasures entry for it. Can anyone help here? I’m asking on the Tri-State Drive-In forum because I think the Mary Ann and the Tri-State were rural neighbors. Thank you.

RSM3853 on December 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

Ed, try – Rivest’s Ultimate List of Movie Theatres.

wesmang on January 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I went to the Tri-State site in Oct. of 2013 and sadly only a rusted, deteriorating screen is all that remains. No concession stand, projection booth, or box office. Just an empty field

DRIVEIN101 on September 11, 2015 at 6:45 am

The screen is now gone as well

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