South Park Drive-In

5187 Liberty Road,
Bethel Park, PA 15102

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South Park Drive-In

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The South Park Drive-In was opened in August 1940. It was located on Route 88/Liberty Road in Bethel Park, just before the entrance to South Park.

Since the movie screen faced the road, a curtain was built on the road shoulder to prevent passing pedestrians and cars from free view of the movies. This was later replaced with a green sheet metal fence.

The South Park Drive-In remained open all year round for most of its years. On September 1, 1985, Pittsburgh’s very first drive-in came to a very wild end. It was estimated that approximately 2,000 people showed up by car and foot. The crowd didn’t even wait for the start of the last feature before they started tearing out the speakers and parts of the screen for memorabilia.

By the next morning, the drive-in looked like it had gone through two twisters. Today, the site where the South Park Drive-In once stood is now occupied by a Taco Bell restaurant and office building complex, South Park Commons.

There are no traces or indications that a drive-in even existed there, only the memories remain.

Contributed by Denny Pine

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

sleez on November 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm

i spent alot of time at south park drive inn and the eat and park right next to it. i rememeber going into south park drive inn one night in the trunk of a 55 merc, with two other guys. hey,we were broke. hahahahahahah

WarnerChatham on August 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Does anyone have any pictures of this drive-in that they could post?

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Drive-In 54 on August 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Uploaded the grand opening ad from August 27,1940

WarnerChatham on August 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thanks hispeed54 for the ad!

jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 5187 Library Road.

DRIVEIN101 on August 27, 2013 at 4:53 am

A great photo of the South Park Drive-In, taken from across the street, is featured in the book from the “Images Of America” series on Bethel Park. Two beautiful color photos of the marquee and screen and box office are featured on the local WQED documentary “Things That Aren’t There Anymore”.

RSM3853 on January 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm

This map is just a little bit off. The red marker is actually marking the location of the Brightwood Christian Church. It should be across Route 88 (Library Road)at the bottom of Lytle Road.

DRIVEIN101 on September 11, 2015 at 6:55 am

The address should read as 5191 Library Road, not Liberty Road

Chris1982 on September 13, 2015 at 6:52 am

Need to correct the name of the street to Library RD.

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