61st Street Drive-In

3201 S. 61st Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19153

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61st Street Drive-In Theatre

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The 61st Street Drive-In opened in 1963. At that time it was operated by Budco. This drive-in closed in 1983.

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Mikeoaklandpark on June 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

This was hte last drive in in the Phila area to open. I was 6 years old.

Mikeoaklandpark on June 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Went to this theater 2 times. Once in the 60’s and saw a double feature The Cincinatti Kid and The Hill and again in 1983 and saw Snow WHite and another Disney movies. Both times all films were flat. B+NEver saw a scope movie on there big screen.

ronnie21 on June 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm

research i did was that 1983 was the last season. Another thing is. they showed almost every low budget horror movie that come along..Looks like it was the horror movie drive -in. to name a few, Amityville horror nightmares. blood beach. phantasm. Humongous. Prom Night. the fog. dont go in the house. the fifth floor. the boogey man… to name a few…

alps on November 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Saw the biggest movies of the the 70’s there. Willard, Dr. Phibes, Shaft, Dirty Harry, The Godfather. Next to the funky river and refineries.

ronnie21 on November 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Narrowed it down today. Looks like the last or one of the last movies shown here was Strange Invaders with nancy allen and paul le mat. Last listing was Thursday October 20th 1983..

TheALAN on March 24, 2014 at 3:07 am

Today, its ghost remains as the 61st STREET DRIVE-IN THEATRE sign, with its red arrow, (although decrepit) still directs movie goers to a drive-in that went dark over 30-years ago. Eerie! Clean Earth of Philadelphia, LLC now operates a thermal treatment facility on the site.

TheALAN on March 24, 2014 at 4:58 am

Does anyone know what the capacity of the 61st Street Drive-In Theatre was? Please share. Thanks!

TheALAN on December 30, 2014 at 6:40 pm

It’s now nine months later and I would like to ask again — how many damn cars did the 61st Street Drive-In hold?

RGSEARS on December 30, 2014 at 7:40 pm

The theatre was built to handle the over flow of its sister theatre the Flag ship “AIRPORT D-I” another Budco D-I. On one night during the opening week we had trouble keeping the picture in focus on the right side of the screen. Turned out the steel support on the right side was pulling out of the ground. We had to bring in a krane to support the tower until it could be secured. I think it held around 500 cars.


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