South Park Drive-In
5187 Liberty Road,
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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.
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