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 July 3, 1963. At that time it was operated by Budco. This drive-in closed in October 1983.

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ronnie21
ronnie21 on November 30, 2013 at 3:01 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..

RGSEARS
RGSEARS on December 30, 2014 at 1:40 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.

rg

TheALAN
TheALAN on March 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Although decrepit, the 61ST STREET DRIVE-IN THEATRE sign, with its red arrow, still welcomes moviegoers to a drive-in that went dark over 30-years ago. It’s as if Rod Serling (1924-1975) is ready to step from behind that red/yellow, black/white marquee sign to say — Welcome to The Twilight Zone! “Strange Invaders” (1983 – Orion) starring Paul Le Mat (b. 1945) and Nancy Allen (b. 1950), the last picture to play here, may still be playing. Eerie!

MadRon
MadRon on July 31, 2016 at 12:37 am

I’ve had countless adventures at the 61st St. D.I. – from the late ‘60’s thru 1981 as a customer, hard partier and verocious devourer of HORROR and exploitation treats. The location of this wonderful shrine to sleaze was, and still is, about 12 blocks from my own lair . I, (Very Unfortunately), closed A LOT of awesome Philly theatres – both as projectionist and unwilling manager, but the 61st St. makes me extra wistful. I was Very lucky to be the Weekend projectionist for the last two spring/summer seasons in this – my Second favorite D.I. in my neighborhood! (My escapades at the Family Drive In, about ten minutes away from the 'ol 61st, are semi-legendary —— to a few, at least.) Wow, memories!

rivest266
rivest266 on October 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm

July 3rd, 1963 grand opening ad in photo section.

doowopcharlie
doowopcharlie on February 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm

can anyone tell me if the 61st street ever have live doo wop shows or was it the Airport Drive-in i’m thinking it was the Airport please let me know

alps
alps on February 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

The last time I went there was 40 years ago, I saw Richard Pryor in Greased Lightin and Freebie and the Bean.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 2, 2017 at 3:22 pm

It wasn’t this drive in doowopcharlie. Must have been the Airport drive in

doowopcharlie
doowopcharlie on February 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Thank You Mike 99% sure it was the airport drive-in I was 18 yrs old they had a great doo wop show there my friends an I,going on 76yrs old steve wonder was there along with some great groups it don’t pay to listin to people that put they’re girls in the trunk of there car again thank you

TomMc11
TomMc11 on June 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Just did google street view from November of 2016, up and down the street and I don’t see the marquee anymore.

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