Atco Drive-In

178 White Horse Pike,
Atco, NJ 08004

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Atco Drive-In

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Located at Routes 30 and 73, this drive-in was a longtime landmark for travelers to and from Atlantic City and other Jersey Shore points. It was one of the rare drive-ins to have a "day job," serving during weekday daylight hours as a motor vehicle inspection station for the New Jersey DMV.

Last operated by National Amusements, which replaced it with the now-closed Atco Multiplex Cinemas on a portion of the site. Parking for the Atco station of New Jersey Transit’s Atlantic City train line occupies another part of the former drive-in.

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Tine263
Tine263 on January 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

The multi-plex has been torn down, and the entire site is for sale. There are construction vehicles present on the grounds.

This time last year (January 2012) the grading was still apparent for the drive-in.

TheALAN
TheALAN on December 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

When did the Atco Drive-in open and did it open as a twin? Also, when did it close? Does anyone have this information to share?

TomSienk
TomSienk on March 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

I’m 64 and watched the drive-in being built in 1956. My dad owned Sadler’s Tavern two doors down on The White Horse Pike. The first movie I saw there was The Creature From The Black Lagoon. I played on the swings and monkey bars til it got dark and the cartoon came on. My dad and brothers would walk at dusk to the rear of the property to watch the movie with no sound. In 1972 I was stationed at Fort Dix and brought a date with two bottles of Boones Farm Strawberry Hill wine and didn’t see the movie. In the 70’s the Country Western Tavern was booming. Being from Philly I brought my aunt to see the place in the 80’s but learned it burned to the ground. The new 14 theaters were just being built then. I moved to Connecticut with my family in 1959 but always treasured my memory of Atco NJ and the Drive In.

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