South Park Drive-In

5187 Liberty Road,
Bethel Park, PA 15102

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RSM3853
RSM3853 on January 14, 2014 at 8:12 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
DRIVEIN101 on August 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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”.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm

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

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on August 23, 2012 at 12:30 am

Thanks hispeed54 for the ad!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on August 22, 2012 at 5:09 am

Uploaded the grand opening ad from August 27,1940

WarnerChatham
WarnerChatham on August 22, 2012 at 1:06 am

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

sleez
sleez on November 9, 2009 at 1:27 am

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

dwbairborne
dwbairborne on July 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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

dwbairborne
dwbairborne on July 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm

To lost memory, Thanks for your back up.
Doug

Ron3853
Ron3853 on July 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm

If I recall, the last night was a WDVE-sponsored showing of Three Stooges shorts. After which, the patrons totally wrecked the place.

I grew up just up the street from the drive-in, although I was not living there in 1985. As a kid, we could see the screen from our porch in the winter when there weren’t any leaves on the trees. And you could hear the sound late at night when enough people left and put the speakers back on the posts without turning down the sound.
This was back in the days of “Cleopatra” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

As a senior in high school I remember practically freezing to death watching a double-bill of “Downhill Racer” and “Little Fauss & Big Halsy” with a high school buddy whose car had no heat over Christmas vacation.

At one point we kids from the neighborhood built a treehouse on the hill opposite the screen in the woods behind Joe George’s Mercury dealership on the otherside of Route 88. It was 40 feet up and had a great view of the screen. We thought about trying to run a wire for sound through the sewers but never was able to. The Bethel Park police later on had the Fire Department do a CONTROLLED burning due to the noisy partying and incessant underaged drinking by kids a generation or so after mine in and under the treehouse.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Eye of the tiger was Rocky 3, 1982. Rocky 4 was 1990.

dwbairborne
dwbairborne on July 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm

I was actually there the night it closed. If you dressed in 50’s attire or drove in with a classic vintage car you got in for free. I drove my 58 Edsel. The movie was Rocky 4.. Eye of the tiger.
Doug

bretthaven
bretthaven on February 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Denny Pine cleared up a memory I have of seeing a movie on the South Park screen while headed for the skating rink — I couldn’t figure out how I could remember that, if it was Winter, why would a drive-in be open? But it was open year-long. Denny mentions the green fence to hide the screen, though. Anyone know how I could remember being able to see the screen from within a passing car?

Ron3853 knows what was playing on the screen. Anybody know how I might track down what was playing circa ‘74-'75?

Also, I wonder what was playing on Sept 1 ‘85, the night it was torn down?

Ron3853
Ron3853 on November 26, 2007 at 9:59 pm

The films playing at the South Park Drive-In on the date of the aerial photo above were “One Million Years, B.C.” with Raquel Welch and “The Quiller Memorandum” with George Segal.

Cordicron
Cordicron on August 19, 2007 at 1:16 am

This is an aerial photo of the South Park Drive In taken May 26, 1967
View link

Photo from Penn Pilot
http://www.pennpilot.psu.edu/index.html

DaveGrau
DaveGrau on June 6, 2004 at 10:12 am

I remember working the South Park Drive-In as a projectionist for Local 171 in Pittsburgh. My regular job was the Fairgrounds Drive-In on the other side of South Park.
Thanks
Mungo
(Dave Grau)