White Horse Pike Drive-In

310 White Horse Pike,
Lawnside, NJ 08045

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Lasted until the late-1960’s or early-1970’s, then replaced by a shopping center. The center kept the drive-in’s tower, topped by a large white horse, as a landmark.

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RickB
RickB on February 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm

There may have been a connection between this theater and the Black Horse Pike Drive-In a few miles away. Both theaters had towers topped by very similar large horse figures. There was a sign with an attraction board for this drive-in at the Collingswood traffic circle; after it closed, the board read “VISIT BLACK HORSE DRIVE IN” for a long time. (The sign was actually much closer to the Black Horse.) It’s possible that the Black Horse was opened as a replacement for this one, although the two sites are far enough apart that they could have drawn from different population bases to some extent.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I drove past this shopping center many times, but never saw it as a drive-in.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 18, 2013 at 12:04 am

What I’ve heard is the shopping center opened in the late 1960’s with Two Guys Department Store, Rickel Home Center, and Shop Rite Supermarket.

Tine263
Tine263 on February 21, 2014 at 3:05 pm

With the help of a flickr find and some advertisements, I was able to find out some information about the WHP drive-in. I posted the info on my drive-in blog (not much, but it’s something!). One big thing is that Sameric Owned/Operated this theater, as assumed.

http://driveinadventures.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/white-horse-pike-drive-in-closed-nj/

minbinder
minbinder on July 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Today they took down the white horse. I don’t know if they are restoring it or not. I can’t find any info & am stressing out :(

Tine263
Tine263 on July 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm

@Minbinder … I have been searching for information since last night! I saw a video of it being taken down. The rear legs were not attached so I wonder if they came apart or they separated them first. I took some photos last night of it on the ground, but it was gone today. My blog has the photos (www.driveinadventures.wordpress.com).

RickB
RickB on July 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

Front page lead story in the Courier-Post! The video in the online version includes an artist’s rendering of the drive-in, dated 1963.

minbinder
minbinder on July 26, 2014 at 10:09 am

We need a FB page to get info….how is it possible no one knew why it was taken down? Create a kickstarter for funding if that’s what is needed to keeping them from scrapping it….rally the ozoners!!!

Tine263
Tine263 on August 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

Hey Everyone – Brief, but still incomplete, update: the horse was taken down due to danger of falling. This information comes from Lawnside itself, but I have been unable to have someone get back to me that owns the site.

Johnny62
Johnny62 on August 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Was the horse saved?

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