6100 Allentown Boulevard,
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The Harrisburg Drive-In was located 5 miles east of Harrisburg on Route 22 as the newspaper advertisements explained.
More specifically it was situated on a large piece of land between Route 22 (now Allentown Boulevard) and Jonestown Road. Beside the property ran S. Mountain Road. that crossed Route 22 and ran into the then-small village of Linglestown.
The entrance was a large and rather impressive drive-through structure with a small marquee to the side. It was set at the corner of Route 22 and S. Mountain Road. There was a short driveway to several ticket kiosks and from there one could find a spot on the large (600 cars) parking area that fanned out from the screen.
There was a playground in front of the screen and exits beside it to Jonestown Road. Another exit was at the side of the parking area to Mountain Road.
Around 1953 two panels were added to the already huge screen to convert it to CinemaScope and other wide-screen processes.
I had moved out of Harrisburg by this time. My grandfather had been Justice of the Peace for Lower Paxton township and we moved into his home on Jonestown Road. just down from the drive-in. It was a somewhat rural area at the time and the owners used to let kids in the neighborhood wander in to watch movies from the back rows (though the screen seemed about a mile away from there).
The Harrisburg shared a similar-style ad with the Keystone Drive-In in the Harrisburg newspapers.
The Harrisburg Drive-In survived as a flea market for a time and then was razed to make way for a strip mall.
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