Stony Brook Drive-In
3690 E. Market Street,
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The Stony Brook Drive-In was located along the once-famous Lincoln Highway in East York, Pennsylvania. Opened on October 5, 1949 with June Haver in “Scudda-Hoo”, Scudda-Hay!“. It survived for many years operated by Budco, who were taken over by AMC who closed the Stony Brook Drive-In on September 13, 1987 with Peter Weller in "Robo-Cop” & Louise Smith in “Working Girls”. After it closed, I remember walking in and shooting a lot of photographs.
The property was intact but overgrown. The wide screen remained, as did most of the buildings with some old speakers lying around.
My impression was that this had been an emphatically no-frills operation. Most of the buildings were very basic and most seemed to be constructed mostly of wood. (Everything seemed almost 1940’s, or maybe 1930’s, like an old amusement park).
There was a rather garish attempt at color coordination, in primary greens and garish red-oranges that stood out glaringly against the natural greens of the undergrowth.
There was a playground to the rear of the grounds.
There was large structure, made of corrugated metal and almost as big as some drive-in screens, that provided an impressive entrance. Large, stylish black lettering verified that the name was Stony Brook, not ‘Stoneybrook’ as it sometimes cited.
I also remember Playland, a swimming pool and miniature golf course complex down the road (towards York) in this same area. The pool was unique as it built out of the ground (like a huge bowl) and there were observation windows through which you could see people swimming underwater. A trip to Playland and a movie that evening at the Stony Brook Drive-In was a special treat.
According to a website the Stony Brook Drive-In was demolished in 2004, several years after I left Pennsylvania.
I’ll be adding some photos to my Flickr account.
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