Livingston Drive-In

590 West Mount Pleasant Avenue,
Livingston, NJ 07039

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The Livingston Drive-In was located between the Holiday Inn hotel (now the Hotel Westminster) and a car dealership. It originally opened in 1961 as part of the General Cinema chain and sometime in the early-1980’s GCC sold it to private owners who operated it until 1985 when the site was sold to developers who built an office complex.

Contributed by Rick Schwarz

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jayessar
jayessar on September 25, 2012 at 7:50 am

I went to the Livingston Drive-in many times as a child. The eastern edge of the lot was used by day as a motor vehicle inspection station. Back then, yearly car inspections could only be performed at a state inspection station, not at a garage, but it was free. This inspection site was open-air, had only a small shed, and had 4 metal plates in the ground, on which the inspector would slam on the car brakes as he drove over them, thus measuring the braking ability of each wheel. A simple swing arm gate prevented night time theater patrons from inadvertantly driving over them. The drive-in was located on the north side of route 10, which is also called Mount Pleasant Avenue. The entrance was near Widger Chevrolet and Warnock-Ryan Dodge. I think that this was the place that provided us with a heater to use on a chilly evening.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 590 West Mount Pleasant Avenue.

Regent St. was the entrance (long driveway) and splits where the drive-in stood. YMCA and the series of buildings across the street (including Topaz International) makes up the drive-in property.

puck30
puck30 on October 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Yes it did provide heaters back in the day jayessar I was little but I remember them. Wonder if I could find one on ebay? lol!

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