Ardmore Drive-In

1500 Yost Boulevard,
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

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GJGigante
GJGigante on August 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

The Ardmore Drive-In was one the Pittsburgh area drive-ins that my family frequented in 1960s (the others being the Silver Lake, Harmar and Greater Pittsburgh). The thing about it that stands out in my memory is the small auditoriums flanking the concession area that were mentioned in an earlier post.

James_Slick
James_Slick on May 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I Now know the effects of gettiing Old! Many people I talk to Don’t even Remember the Ardmore! When we were kids in the late 1960s thru the 1970’s we spent more time at the drive-ins than in “real” theatres! Greater Pittsburgh up the road was bigger, but the Ardmore was my favorite! Anyone remember the playgound equipment there (I guess to tucker out the kiddies before showtime!) Nice feature for parents with 5 kids jammed on to the old Plymouth wagon!

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 4, 2012 at 4:47 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1500 Yost Boulevard, Braddock Hills. It is now the Braddock Hills Shopping Center @ Storefront.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on August 22, 2012 at 6:54 am

Uploaded a 1967 aerial view

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm

The Ardmore Drive-In was the subject of an article published in the February 8, 1960, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. This was one of many drive-ins designed by Jack K. Vogel, an architectural engineer. The Ardmore included a pair of 60-seat, heated and air conditioned auditoriums flanking the concession area. The Ardmore was built for Ernest and George Stern, of the Associated Theatres circuit.

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edblank on May 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

What a massive collection you must have – and no doubt superbly catalogued so everything’s at your fingertips. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 30, 2008 at 8:53 am

I’m usually in New York, Ed. I haven’t been to Pittsburgh in a long time.

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edblank on May 29, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Lost Memory, Are you located in Pittsburgh? You have some great shots of local theaters.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 28, 2008 at 7:39 pm

This is an updated link for the 1964 photo.

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edblank on May 28, 2008 at 7:31 pm

At one time the Ardmore was the highest-grossing single-screen drive-in in Western Pennsylvania. Just to experience it once, I went out for a double bill of the blockbusters “Charade” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie."
It later became a Gold Circle shopping center, although that may not be its current identity.

Of the drive-ins on or near Route 30, it was the nearest to Wilkinsburg and, by extension, Downtown Pittsburgh. The others, from west to east, were the five-screen Greater Pittsburgh, the Blue Dell and its temporary lot-mate the Bell-Aire (sp?), plus the Maple and the Super 30.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm

A 1964 photo can be seen here.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on September 20, 2007 at 5:13 am

There are two excellent photos of the Ardmore Drive-In marquee in the local book about Forest Hills as part of the “Images Of America” series. The marquee stood at the corner of Ardmore (U.S. 30) and Yost Boulevards. One photo is a closeup, the other shows the marquee in front of the town’s original roller skating rink (which is also gone). Unfortunately, there are no photos of the drive-in itself.

William
William on May 9, 2007 at 5:50 am

The Ardmore Drive-In had a car capacity of 800 cars.