Reading Drive-In

US 222 Business and Leesport Avenue,
Reading, PA 19560

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Reading Drive-In

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Located in the Temple district, north of Reading, the Reading Drive-In opened on August 1, 1949. It had a capacity for 744 cars.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

This is as close as I could come to the location. Can anyone verify if this is correct?

RichardCWolfe on September 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

The Reading Drive-In was located on the 5th Street Hi-way (old Rt. 222)several miles north of reading at Temple, Pa. It was just a couple blocks south of the intersection with Kutztown Road, and was located on the north side of the street. There is a shopping center on that site today. From the sixties on until it closed it was oprated by Fox Theatres out of Reading. That’s the Richard A. Fox Theatres… not the Fox Theatres begun by William Fox.

I worked as a relief manager for the Reading Drive-in, the Mt. Penn Drive-In and the Sinking Spring Drive-In as well as the Fox indoor in the Mulhlenburg Shopping center from spring 1967 thru the fall of 1968. I left Fox at that time and aquired my own theatres, one of which I still operate to this day.

I don’t remember when the Reading Drive-In closed as I left Reading before that occurred, but I would guess that it was either late 70s or early 80s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Good guess,Drive-ins everywhere were closing quick in those years.thanks for the story.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm




Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 13, 2010 at 6:10 am

Rick Wolfe, Thanks for the info. Check out the map now, is that about right?

JimmiB on July 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Pretty close location. About a block to the left. The side fence ran very close to Las Vegas Drive. I spent my teen years at the corner of Kutztown Rd. and Leesport Ave. shown on the map. Worked there as a ramp boy for several years in the early 60’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

The Reading Drive-In was built by Philadelphia theater owners Jay Emanuel and Frank L. McNamee in partnership with the Fabian circuit, according to an item about the groundbreaking in the June 18, 1949, issue of The Billboard.

jwmovies on November 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 5314 Allentown Pike. Now Sam’s Club.

rivest266 on June 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

August 26th, 1949 grand opening ad in photo section.

painterskip on May 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm

My dad managed this theater for several years, starting around 1958 or so…maybe earlier. I started working there around 1962, I think and worked there for 4 years. We lived in the neighborhood right behind the screen tower.

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