Super Castle Drive-In

2501 W. State Street,
New Castle, PA 16101

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Super Castle Drive-In

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The Super Castle Drive-In was operating prior to 1950. It was a single screen drive-in just outside of New Castle PA in Union. It was interesting, because the screen was done up like a castle, and had big turrets on each end. If anyone can find a photo of the drive in, It would be great.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Here is a June 1955 ad from the New Castle News:
http://tinyurl.com/yl5avpy

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 21, 2010 at 1:31 am

The ad just posted pretty much confirms the location I pointed out on 8/24/09. 3 Miles West of New Castle on Hwy 224. There is a Wal-Mart SuperCenter a few blocks away, but not at the old drive-in property.

I would say the Franklin address is incorrect.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 21, 2010 at 2:34 am

Guess I need to retract parts of my comments. Looking at 1993 imagery on Google Earth, there was a larger drive-in on the SW corner of 224 and 60, East of Winter Rd. Less than ½ mile apart from the other drive-in. Yes, a Wal-Mart occupies the site.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 15, 2010 at 5:09 am

It was owned in 1956 by Co-Op which ran a lot of drive-ins in that state.

Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on August 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

The Super Castle was certainly the nicer of the two area drive-ins. It had a larger field, a large concession stand and very large block and concrete screen tower. Screens “wings” were added for cinemascope in the mid-50’s. By the 60’s the Super Castle was running first-run product with the Penn Theatre, downtown. Often the filmco’s would allocate a single print for the town. Ushers would take one reel (20 minutes) from the Penn projection booth and swap it for a reel at the drive-in. The two theatres were more than 5 miles apart. Timing was very important and too many red lights or a train would result in a dark screen until the usher could make it back to one theatre or another. This “bicycling prints” program continued until a train hit an usher’s car, hurting him and destroying his car. After that there were always enough prints available and nobody had to share.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

PLEASE UPDATE ADDRESS TO 2501 W. State St.

gpklmn464
gpklmn464 on July 12, 2013 at 4:26 am

the wal mart sits where the castle was…..the drivein about ½ west from there was the Parkstown, it was located next to a roller rink and across from Rileys fun spot. ( all are gone now)

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Just uploaded a aerial from 1958..

Plus one for the Skyline down the road

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