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 19 comments)

dwbairborne
dwbairborne on July 8, 2008 at 10:33 am

To lost memory, Thanks for your back up.
Doug

dwbairborne
dwbairborne on July 8, 2008 at 10:37 am

To Ron3853,
I remember the treehouse!!! Was that mid to late 70’s?
Beautiful idea.
doug

sleez
sleez on November 8, 2009 at 8:27 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
WarnerChatham on August 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on August 22, 2012 at 12:09 am

Uploaded the grand opening ad from August 27,1940

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on August 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Thanks hispeed54 for the ad!

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on August 27, 2013 at 7:53 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
RSM3853 on January 14, 2014 at 3:12 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.

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