Silver Lake Drive-In

970 Washington Boulevard,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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First of only two drive-ins located within Pittsburgh city limits (East End). Opened September 9, 1949. Closed at the end of the 1968 season. Located just off PA 8, surrounded by two stone multi-arched viaducts: Lincoln Avenue and Brilliant Cutoff railroad bridge.

Named after the lake that once occupied the land, which was completely filled in by the time the drive-in was built. An industrial park is now located on the old lake/drive-in site, its entranceway called Silver Lake Drive.

Contributed by Denny Pine

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William
William on May 9, 2007 at 2:48 am

The Silver Lake Drive-In had a car capacity of 550 cars.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm

The grand opening ad is at View link (you may have to drag the page to bring the ad in view.) and http://www.drive-ins.com/theater/patsil3

johnfar
johnfar on March 3, 2009 at 4:37 am

Fished in the lake before it was drained and filled in for the drive-in. The drive-in was unique due to the arched that held up a railroad overpass. On some nights the trains would rumble over the movie sounds. The last movie I saw there was “The Harder they fall” with Humphrey Bogart.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

It held 500 cars and was owned by G.Rubin.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

Great opening ad Mike Rivest!

macintosh
macintosh on May 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

Great drive in. But you had to watch where you parked. In 1959 I had a new Chevy convertible and if you were near bridges you would get stuff dumped on you.

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