Naaman's Drive-In

101 Naamans Road,
Claymont, DE 19703

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TheALAN
TheALAN on February 24, 2014 at 10:59 am

The drive-in opened on May 17th 1868 with “The Sand Pebbles” (starring Steve McQueen). The film had been released on December 20th 1966 — a year and five months earlier — so would this be considered a subsequent run theater?

The drive-in closed on September 28th 1987. Although the screen remained until at least 1995, the property has since been redeveloped.

phochstuhl
phochstuhl on December 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

Raymondgordansears, you seem to know a lot about Budco. My grandfather was EVP of Budco. Sounds like you may have had some contact with him, I’ve never met him.

ronnie21
ronnie21 on December 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm

wow, someone i use to go to school with worked there in its final season. Think they may have evne shown robocop that summer. Its funny when budco ran it in the early 80’s tons of b horror and teen sex comedys shown there. Thanks for the actual closing date and last 3 movies.. The screen was left up at least until 1995..

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 29, 2012 at 2:33 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 101 Naamans Road.

George Quirk
George Quirk on October 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

It opened May 17, 1968 with “The Sand Pebbles”. Operated by Budco Quality Theatres, it was located at Naamans Road in Claymont near Philadelphia Pike. Car capacity was 800, and the theater was the only DI in the area to be equipped with in-car air conditioning, as well as heating. Unfortunately, the AC service was soon discontinued because it was more trouble technically than it was worth! Around 1980, AM radio sound was installed by Budco. Since the theater was bordered on each side by a railroad track (only the one on the right was used), there was a great deal of interference in the sound, and the in-car speakers were re-installed! The train engineers loved to flash the screen and blast the horn as they drove by each night. In 1986, Budco sold out to AMC, who proceeded to close the DI on September 28th, 1987, with the triple feature, “Hell Raisers”, “House II:The Second Story” and “Death Before Dishonor”.

ronnie21
ronnie21 on July 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

also final exam and the exterminator where shown here..

ronnie21
ronnie21 on February 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

the last american virgin was also shown here…

ronnie21
ronnie21 on August 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm

The Prey was shown in 1984…

ronnie21
ronnie21 on May 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm

1987 was the last season ..

raymondgordonsears
raymondgordonsears on July 5, 2009 at 2:53 am

This D-I was built and operated by Budco theaters out of Doylestown, Pa. Almost all Budco D-I’s were open year round with in-car heaters. rg